One of the biggest industries is advertising because of the money revolving around it. In the case of big racing events, you can see cars covered with liveries in order o feature all the brands that are sponsoring the rider. As you go around Australia, you may have seen car wraps in Brisbane that are displaying ads of local businesses. It is now possible for car owners to earn money as long as they offer their cars as a medium for brand advertisements. This is not a common business arrangement thus people should be aware of current car wrapping scams.
Catherine Jamieson, residing in Carrollton, Texas, is one of the targets of such kind of scam. Jamieson shared that her car is a Mazda with a copper red colour and it looks like a Dr. Pepper beverage in can. She recalled receiving a text message saying that the company desires to place an advertising sticker on her vehicle and they are willing to pay her weekly worth $500 in exchange.
Looking at the text she got, there was also a link provided where she decided to view. A few days later, she received a postal mail that upgraded the advertising offer to her. The letter says that the company will install a full wrap over her vehicle and of course, the fee was also increased accordingly. The letter came with a check worth $3,000 where she is instructed to get the $3,000 money order. It also says that she can keep the remaining $500.
Jamieson decided to confirm the advertising campaign with Dr. Pepper and they denied such program. Turns out, it was a fraud.
The scam works if the receiver follows the instruction on what to do with the deposit check. The receiver will send the $3,000 to the scammer but the original check will bounce thus the receiver will be responsible in paying the entire $3,500.
Jamieson was glad that she was not a victim of the scam because she decided to double check. There are authentic car wraps in Brisbane offered by businesses but the public is warned by the Federal Trade Commission because there are many ongoing scams in the US.