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Please be aware of scam emails or text messages that offer to pay consumers up to $700 a week for simply wrapping a personal vehicle with a company logo.

Potential victims of this scam receive an email or text message that appears to be from a well-known drink brand or a company representing the brand.

One consumer recently reported that he received a scam email claiming to pay him $700 a week to wrap his car with a logo.  He was asked to reply with contact information and vehicle details, then received an up-front “payment” in the form of a fake check after further correspondence.

When the consumer received the fake check, it was for more money than he was promised. He was instructed to deposit the check, then immediately forward a large portion of the money to someone else to handle expenses for having his vehicle wrapped.

Even though credit for a deposit may show on an account immediately, it actually takes seven to ten business days for a check to clear the bank. The consumer was asked to wire the money immediately before the bank determined the check was not real. Scammers usually asked that the money be wired because it is nearly untraceable and impossible to have the money recovered once it is received on the other side.

If a victim deposits the check and withdraws the money, he or she will be responsible for the bank’s losses after they wired good money to the fraudsters.

Please follow these tips to avoid this and similar employment fake check scams:

  • Beware of deals that sound too good to be true.Consumers should always go with their instincts and not be afraid to pass up a “deal” that might cost them dearly in the end.
  • If someone urges you to send or wire money, it’s probably a scam. Legitimate companies will not ask you to wire money to them.
  • Don’t fall for an overpayment scam. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask him/her wire the money elsewhere. This is a common trick used by scammers.
  • Spelling and grammar count. Many scams originate overseas and emails that contain glaring spelling and grammatical errors are a tell-tale sign of a scam.