Advertisement is an essential factor which can help in boosting any business. But how can we trust ads if it becomes a way to scam and mislead people?
For businesses that look for ways to increase their income, getting a good advertisement is the key. This persuades existing and potential customers to purchase products or services. However, many scam out there have seen the advantage of ads and saw how effective it is in persuading people to try out any business offerings.
Some of the latest advertisements you may see around town may be a bogus car-wrapping scam.
What is a Car Wrap?
A car wrap is a large type of decal made of vinyl. It can be placed on a car or SUV. Car wrap ads are typically used by small-scale businesses because it is inexpensive compared to other kinds of advertisement. It is also an effective way to promote their businesses, especially in public places.
There are larger brands that often pay to have their promotional materials wrapped onto large vehicles, buses, and even race cars.
Car Wrap Scam
Many victims have filed their complaint to the authorities, as well as the brands that were involved in the scam. According to the report of the victims, they saw a posting on job boards and social media sites. Posted on the ads mentioned that they can make a couple hundred dollars by wrapping their car. Their vehicle will be used for promotional materials in advertising brands like Monster Energy or Pepsi.
Many people were curious and thought it wasn’t a bad idea to earn some extra cash. There were people who agreed to turn their vehicles into a rolling commercial. But the worst part about this type of scheme is its illegitimacy because it is not recognized by the advertised brands.
A lot of the posted ads are actually a result of the scam. The victims were persuaded by a fake company to do the illicit advertisement deal. According to the complaint, the company sends a check for several thousand dollars.
The people behind the fraud ad instructed the victims to deposit the check. They were allowed to keep part of the check as their cut, the remaining amount has to be wired to another company that will wrap their car. However, the downside was, the check bounced and the bank told them it was a fraudulent check. The bank asks the victims to pay particular charges for the fake check. They were left with no money and instant debt.
It is a red flag if a company requests a money upfront for an advertisement deal. Review the terms and conditions before you comply to avoid falling for this scam.
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