***Auto Wraps Promo*** 22

A reader sent me this scam.  He realised straight away that it was a scam, but has been exchanging emails with the scammer.  I’ve reproduced the exchange here so that you see how this scam works.  My reader tells me he set up a special email address and pretended to be his wife! (Not sure what she thinks about that.)

This is the classic fraudulent check scam – where the scammer sends you a check, asks you to pay it in, deduct your own fee and then forward the bulk of the money to a third party.  After you’ve done that, your bank will withdraw the original deposit as fraudulent and you will be left out of pocket.

My reader, as you will see, was asked to forward the money using Moneygram – a cash transaction with no way of getting back the money you have lost.

Here, below, are the email between my reader and the scammer:

Brand Red Bull seeks individuals with automobiles looking to make extra income to take part in its maiden ***Auto Wraps Promo***. It is Very Easy and Simple with No Application fees required : Here’s how It works – The basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept RED BULL seeks people — regular citizens, not professional drivers — to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “RED BULL ” plastered on your car.The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,” that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness.The auto wraps tend to be colorful and eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.
You will be compensated with a $400 (four hundred dollars per Week),which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space. RED BULL shall provide Experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.You will receive an up front payment of $400 (four hundred dollars) inform of check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also come in the form of checks and delivered at your address weekly.

The following information below will be needed

Full Name:
Age:
Occupation:
Make of car/ year:
Address:
city:
State:
Zip code:
Do you have a driver’s license:
Phone Number(s) mobile/home :
Email Address:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive these information, RED BULL looks forward to working
with you.

Regards
RED BULL

My reader wasn’t prepared to give his real address, so made one up.  He received the following email, explaining what he should do next, and telling him that he would be sent more money that was due and should forward the bulk to another company.

The biggest-selling most popular international premium beverage brand RED BULL Is delighted to have you on board as part of the current “Paid to Drive” marketing strategy with the concept of Vinyl decals/Auto wraps on Vehicles in to increase awareness of the Company brand,product and services all across the United states Vehicle wraps have become a very Important strategy for business promotion in the 21st century and we’ve been quite successful reaching our target audience and now Its your opportunity to drive your car with Vinyl decals/Auto Wraps of the Brand advertised on it and get paid every week as this promo lasts for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month Your vehicle have been registered and approved for this Promotion with experts from QDR Graphics our Strategic partners scheduled to come around to put the decals advert wrap on your vehicle as soon as you have confirmed to have received your first week payment of $2950 for your services. However,as pointed out in previous emails to you,from the amount you will be receiving only the sum of $400 should be deducted for your first week payment for working with us carrying the advert on your car and the remaining balance will be sent out via Western Union Money Transfer to the specialist/expert from QDR Graphics coming over to handle the advert placement on your car after deducting your first week upfront payment.This is done in order to avoid delays or any inconvenience that may arise from your part. Also we do not want you to involve any of your personal funds in this program that is why all fund is made available to you.You do not need to drive to Specialist/experts handling the advert placement.

After the duration of your service and you want to discontinue,the specialist/expert will be on hand to remove the advert placement on your car with no traces of ever placing a vinyl decal on your vehicle so there’s nothing to worry about as everything will be taken care of accordingly,

N:B Please reply to this email and reconfirm your acceptance of this job offer with 

Your full name
Address again for verification 
Indicate ”YES I RECONFIRM THIS APPOINTMENT”

Congratulations once again please do stay in touch and we’ll keep you updated all the way Thank you for your Co-operation,We look forward to working with you

Regards
RED BULL 

Of course, me reader reconfirmed the appointment.  The scammer then reassured him that everything would go smoothly:

Thank you very much for providing your details.We hope you understand every bit of our email and you willing to take up this job again..We will have the check mailed out to you by next week and we will keep you posted with every details you need to know about the promo shortly..All you need now is to sit back and relax till you get the check and get back to us as soon as the check is being delivered to you so that you can get further information on our specialist/expert from QDR Graphics coming over to handle the advert placement on your car

It appears the scammer then went to the trouble of actually sending him a fake check via UPS.

We would like to inform you that the promo payment and that of the car wrap had been scheduled to be delivered to your doorstep this morning by UPS.Here is the tracking number provided by the courier for confirmation 1ZFW52202500000440, you can log on to the UPS website to check the status online. It’s a check of $2950.
 
INSTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW :
 
When you receive the check , you are to go ahead to your bank and deposit it in your account . When you do that. do make sure you send us an email . Afterward we will give you further instructions on what to do next .
 
NB : When you carry out the instruction above, you must get back to us so as to tell you your next step .
 
Have a great day ahead .

Thanks for your patience
RED BULL

Not surprisingly, UPS couldn’t deliver it.  But if you go to the real UPS website and enter the tracking code given below, you will see that a parcel was genuinely despatched.

UPS is having problem delivering the package because their was no apt number in the address you provided.Please do contact the nearest UPS location to you and provide a valid apt number or better still you go pick it up. We will be waiting to read from you soonest 

Of course my reader claimed to have collected the check and was then give the following instructions:

Thanks for the prompt response. Please do proceed to your bank  and withdraw the funds from the deposited check. You are to deduct your first week pay which is $400. The remaining balance should be sent to the QDR specialist that would handle the decal advert wrap to be put on your car. You are to send the funds to them via money gram ( at any money gram outlet ) this morning for fast and easy pick up of funds.You are to this this asap so arrangements would be made to wrap your car asap.You are entitled to deduct an extra $30 for gas in taking care of this. Here is the Specialist/experts handling the advert placement’s information in which you are to send the extra funds to :
 
 
Name : James Weslock
Address: 203 Dowd st.
City : Muskegon
State : Michigan 
Zip Code :49441
 
 You are to print or write this information and take it along to the money gram outlet . Please make sure you have the funds sent this morning because the QDR Graphics Specialist had already contacted us earlier today concerning the funds and were told they would be getting their payment today. This implies that they need the funds to make arrangements and as you know my time line is very flexible. Please make sure you send the funds out asap as the promo starts next week .After you have made the transfer,kindly get back to us with the following information:
 
 1.REFERENCE NUMBER
 2.ACTUAL AMOUNT SENT :
 3.SENDER’S NAME and ADDRESS(if different from the one we already have)
 4.Your convenient day and time for the car wraps
 
 NOTE : You are to deduct the money gram charges from the extra funds with you . You are not to deduct it from your weekly pay nor you gas fee. When you carry out the instruction above, you must get back to us immediately so as to tell you your next step.Hope to hear from you asap
I don’t know if my reader will contact me again and tell me how this exchange ends, but I’m sure you can see that it is all a scam.  A big company such as Red Bull would:
a) not ask you to send them money via Western Union or Moneygram – I’d imagine that they do actually have a bank account of their own.  Or
b) ask you to pay a third party – they would be quite capable of paying the decal writers themselves.

Edit:  Another reader has sent me a photograph of a cheque that they were sent as part of this scam.  The cheque is in pounds, so I’m guessing that this reader lives in the UK and that this scam is operating in the UK as well as the US?

My reader tells me the cheque is very convincing!  I wonder what his bank would think if he paid it in?

22 thoughts on “***Auto Wraps Promo***

  1. Reply kay May 30,2016 11:13 pm

    Are there any legitement ones?

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  2. Reply v.k. Jan 14,2016 8:20 pm

    yeeeep. Fell for it too although not completely. They asked for my information. I just gave them name and email address and cell number. Then I told them to call me and / or give me their number. I got calls from various cities and no one on the line. They emailed me asking for my address again. I didn’t give it to them but told them I was having my police officer friend trace the numbers and they would be arrested. Calls and emails stopped. Unbelievable! If they spent half the time working at a real job as hard as they do at scamming…..

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  3. Reply Karen G Jul 11,2015 5:13 am

    Hi There,

    Thank you all so much for your reports, I just finished responding to a similar add for edible arrangements in Montreal on Craig’s list. Thank you all for saving me a lot of wasted time and lost money. It is nice to know that there are still good people in the world.

    Karen G

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  4. Reply SILVIA May 18,2015 3:48 pm

    THIS IS MY RECONSIDERATION TO THEM.

    Good morning,

    After researched consideration, I will have to decline your offer. The reasons to my decisions are;

    1. If this was a legitimate offer I would be receiving a check from Bud-light with the Bud-light logo.
    2. Bud-light, being the company that it is with a huge revenue would be paying QDR Graphics directly to them not through a Western Union Transfer money.
    3. Delays, well what can I say, they waited all this time to advertise then they could wait to have such decals placed on my car at a professional place where I would bring my car to them not have some random individual come to my house which could turn out to be a serial killer, rapist etc.
    4. My needs to extra income do not make me stupid.

    Consider this my not confirming your offer. And sooner or later you will pay with your freedom for however many people you have scammed with this offer.

    If this would have been a legitimate offer, I am sure I would have been asked to come to Bud-light main office to do a sort of employment form, for legal matters. As you can see all I do has to be done legally and this does not seem legal in any way. I will call Bud-light and ask for James Watson in the hiring department as soon as I find where he is.

    Thank you

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  5. Reply SILVIA May 18,2015 3:18 pm

    HI, THIS IS WHAT I GOT FROM BUD-LIGHT. I DID SEND THE FIRST CONFIRMATION, NOT WILLING TO SEND THE SECOND.

    Dear Applicant,

    The biggest-selling most popular international premium beverage brand Bud- light Is delighted to have you on board as part of the current “Paid to Drive” marketing strategy with the concept of Vinyl decals/Auto wraps on Vehicles in to increase awareness of the Company brand, product and services all across the United states.

    Vehicle wraps have become a very Important strategy for business promotion in the 21st century and we’ve been quite successful reaching our target audience and now Its your opportunity to drive your car with Vinyl decals/Auto Wraps of the Brand advertised on it and get paid every week as this promo lasts for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

    Your vehicle have been registered and approved for this Promotion with experts from QDR Graphics our Strategic partners scheduled to come around to put the decals advert wrap on your vehicle as soon as you have confirmed to have received your first week payment of $300 for your services.

    However, as pointed out in previous emails to you, from the amount you will be receiving a payment which will carry an excess funds you will deduct only the sum of $300 for your first week payment for working with us carrying the advert on your car and the remaining balance will be sent out via Western Union Money Transfer to the specialist/expert from QDR Graphics coming over to handle the advert placement on your car after deducting your first week upfront payment.

    This is done in order to avoid delays or any inconvenience that may arise from your part. Also we do not want you to involve any of your personal funds in this program that is why all fund is made available to you. You do not need to drive to Specialist/experts handling the advert placement.

    After the duration of your service and you want to discontinue, the specialist/expert will be on hand to remove the advert placement on your car with no traces of ever placing a vinyl decal on your vehicle, so there’s nothing to worry about as everything will be taken care of accordingly.

    N:B Please reply to this email and reconfirm your acceptance of this job offer with your full name and Address again for verification .

    Congratulations once again please do stay in touch and we’ll keep you updated all the way Thank you for your co-operation, We look forward to working with you.

    Regards
    James Watson
    Hiring Manager
    Bud-light

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  6. Reply Maggie Oct 10,2014 2:58 pm

    Mine came from “Bud Lite”; so far still maintaining contact with the scammer. Maybe I’ll do like the lady above and go to a check cashing center and run off with THEIR money! Ha!

    Thanks so much for posting this information! I suspected it was fraud, but this just confirms it.

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  7. Reply Leonard Aug 27,2014 1:11 am

    Of course it is a scam. They hope the dupe will deposit the check and then pay a third party using the extra money sent to you. You will be responsible for the real money you send or pay someone else. That is the scam. I strongly suggest everyone who recieves such an offer report it to the FBI. They have a consumer fraud unit that conducts investigations.

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  8. Reply car101 Apr 18,2014 1:21 am

    I almost fell for the same scam. This time under the Bud Light name. Exact same scenario. However I didn’t let it get to them “sending me a check”. It did a little investigating and found several sites with information on this scam. I will post some info on my face page and hopefully help someone else!!

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  9. Reply david bone Nov 25,2013 12:27 am

    Just got a check for 2850.00 and took it to amscot to have it checked out they kept the check

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  10. Reply mkalishek Aug 27,2013 6:07 pm

    they are doing it with Johnny Walker in N.C.

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  11. Reply Joey Jul 25,2013 8:15 pm

    I just received one too from the Heineken beer company. Glad I came across this web site. Thank y’all for all the insights.

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  12. Reply Valerie Jun 20,2013 7:40 pm

    I have just recently been exposed to the same scam. I never did cash the check and have subsequently contacted the CAFC as well as the police. I am in Canada so it appears this scam is everywhere! An easy way to note the check is fraudulent is because the numbers on the bottom have no spaces. Each legitimate check will have 5 numbers for the transit number of the bank, a space, 3 numbers for the branch, a space and then the account number. This check had no spaces, which the teller may not recognize at the time of deposit. I am horrified at how many people there are out there who have no qualms about stealing from others. Rule of thumb I have learned is that if it is too good to be true, in this day and age, it is a scam.

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  13. Reply Joe Dec 20,2012 4:39 am

    My girlfriend and I recently saw an adv for this on Craigslist and we thought the oppurtunity sounded too good to be true. But we wanted the money, after just a couple of correspondence we realized this really was too good to be true.

    In the SF Bay Area they are currently posting using the same name for the decal company, however, it is saying the adv is for Jolt Cola.. Sneaky scammers..

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  14. Reply Willy.C Dec 12,2012 1:27 am

    Im so glad I found this website! I fell for it too… Im waiting for my check. But thanks to all you people in this site I know exactly what to do with it.

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  15. Reply tona Nov 19,2012 8:18 pm

    the check is real in the sense that you can take it to the bank & deposit it but it will come back to the bank as fradulant & your bank will subtract those fradulant funds from your account. so if this redull agent sent you a fake check for 1550.90 with the understanding you keep 300.00 for your self & send the reainder to the redbull specialist then this fradulant agency is recieving 1250.90 from you off of a fake check. then your bank is gonna take 1550.90 from your checking account for the fradulant funds. So you lose exactly what you sent them!! this is the scam!! the funds they send you are fake. the cash you send them is real!! dont fall for this scam!

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  16. Reply tona Nov 19,2012 8:07 pm

    my boyfriend & i recieved our checks today for 1,550.90.
    i felt suspicious from the begining. i knew i wasnt depositing these checks into our personal accounts. i was going to take it to a check cashing center if anything. i decided to research a little more before i made a move. sooooo glad i did. Apparently you are paying these people they are not paying you! the check i recieved was from a bb&t checking account under acme processors inc. pobox 4128 hialeah fl 33014. when i googled them i found this was a metal processing center. whats that got to do with redbull? Nothing!!! do not fall for this scam. i sent an email back advising them i would be tearing up these checks do to learning of thier fradulant activities & that they should be ashamed that they could have put me & my 5 little children out on the streets.

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  17. Reply LG Nov 15,2012 8:35 pm

    may i add it is a highy brilliant faked check

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  18. Reply LG Nov 15,2012 3:56 pm

    i my self have fallen for this got a check for 3grand sat at home

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  19. Reply Star Oct 19,2012 2:56 pm

    i just responded to these people and they said i should be recieving the check in the mail. but i wanted to know is the check real?

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  20. Reply rosetrees Oct 11,2012 8:53 pm

    @ Cayman – report the ad to Craigslist. If you are a Facebook/Twitter/G+ or whatever user, you could spread the word that way too.

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  21. Reply Cayman Young Oct 11,2012 7:59 pm

    I RESPONDED (BRILLIANTLY) TO A SIMILAR RED BULL PROMO ADD ON CRAIGSLIST (TEN MINUTES AGO) … IMMEDIATELY FELT REDICULOUS AND SEARCHED ONLINE WITH THE KEY WORDS “RED BULL PROMO DECAL”…. NOT TOO SHOCKED TO FIND THERE WERE POSTS ON 5 DIFFERENT CRAIGSLISTS… AND THIS WONDERFUL WEBSITE EXPOSING IT FOR WHAT IT TRULY IS. THE SCAMMER HAS NOT RESPONDED TO MY E-MAIL YET…..WHAT ACTION SHOULD I TAKE IN THE MEANTIME TO PREVENT THIS “PROMO” FROM SPREADING ON CRAIGSLIST? THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    • Reply Rico Sep 16,2016 5:04 pm

      I just received this two days ago.

      Dear Applicant,
      The biggest-selling most popular international premium beverage brand Bud- light Is delighted to have you on board as part of the current “Paid to Drive” marketing strategy with the concept of Vinyl decals/Auto wraps on Vehicles in to increase awareness of the Company brand, product and services all across the United states.

      Vehicle wraps have become a very Important strategy for business promotion in the 21st century and we’ve been quite successful reaching our target audience and now Its your opportunity to drive your car with Vinyl decals/Auto Wraps of the Brand advertised on it and get paid every week as this promo lasts for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

      Your vehicle have been registered and approved for this Promotion with experts from QDR Graphics our Strategic partners scheduled to come around to put the decals advert wrap on your vehicle as soon as you have confirmed to have received your first week payment of $300 for your services.

      However, as pointed out in previous emails to you, from the amount you will be receiving a payment which will carry an excess funds you will deduct only the sum of $300 for your first week payment for working with us carrying the advert on your car and the remaining balance will be sent out via Western Union Money Transfer to the specialist/expert from QDR Graphics coming over to handle the advert placement on your car after deducting your first week upfront payment.

      This is done in order to avoid delays or any inconvenience that may arise from your part. Also we do not want you to involve any of your personal funds in this program that is why all fund is made available to you. You do not need to drive to Specialist/experts handling the advert placement.

      After the duration of your service and you want to discontinue, the specialist/expert will be on hand to remove the advert placement on your car with no traces of ever placing a vinyl decal on your vehicle, so there’s nothing to worry about as everything will be taken care of accordingly.
      N:B Please reply to this email and reconfirm your acceptance of this job offer with your full name and Address again for verification .

      Congratulations once again please do stay in touch and we’ll keep you updated all the way Thank you for your co-operation, We look forward to working with you.

      Regards
      John Naismith
      Hiring Manager
      Bud-light

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