A new variation of the fake check scam is going around. This time it’s using the popular car wraps. It works like this: Scammers place an ad on the internet or send mass emails to attract people looking for extra money. They claim they will pay to shrink-wrap your car with an advertisement of a popular company. All you have to do is drive the car as you normally do! Sounds easy right? Well think again! The scammer promise to pay you a certain amount to rent the space on your car, but they send you a check for more than the amount. They tell you to deposit the check, take out your share of the money then wire the rest to them. Weeks later once everything has been sent to them, you find out the check you deposited was a fake. Now you are left paying your bank back all of the money. So now you have gone from the dreams of earning extra money to the realization that you have been scammed.
The old adage “If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is” couldn’t be more true in these situations. To avoid this hassle all together follow these tips:
If someone urges you to wire money, it’s probably a scam. Wiring money is nearly impossible to reverse and follow where the money went.
Don’t send money to someone you don’t know. This includes cash or a wire transfer service.
Don’t agree to deposit a check from someone you don’t know then wire money back, no matter what they say or how convincing they are, it’s a lie.
Don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial information. This is regardless of whether the message comes from an ad, text, phone call or a text.
We here at ICC Collision Centers want you all to be safe when it comes to any kind of scams. Knowledge is power, so be informed!