Let me first premise this is no way connected to or with Monster Energy Drink.
I received an email the other day regarding a Monster car wrap program, so I emailed back. I assumed it was a scam right from the start but I though I’d see how it played out. Today 12/5 I received a check from Orient Express Imports 46 Pleasant Ave Bergenfield, NJ 07621. for $1970.00 via FEDX. I called Orient Express and the number is disconnected , I called the bank and they charge $5.00 to check funds. The graphic artist’s address is a house.
Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Monster Energy Drink® seeks people — regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “Monster Energy Drink®” 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.
This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.
You will be compensated with $300 per week which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you. Monster Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $300 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.
EMAIL FOR PAYMENT
Information reaching me this morning has it that you will be receiving the check today. The check of $1,970.00 has been sent to you via Fedex with tracking number (794211311593) and it will be delivered to you this morning. Kindly proceed and deposit the check into your bank account and funds will be available for withdrawal 24hrs after it has been deposited. I will be waiting for a confirmation message immediately the check is deposited. As soon as the cash is out you are to deduct $300.00 which is your upfront payment and forward the balance ($1,670.00) to the graphic artist that will be wrapping the decal on your car via Western Union. They also will be responsible in removing the decal when the program is completed.
Below is the name of the receiver. You are to get back to me with the transfer information (10 digits Western Union Money Transfer Control Number and the exact amount sent). You are to deduct the transfer charges ($150.00) from the $1,670.00 you have with you.
Below is the Graphic Artist Western Union Details to send the Money to in Minutes
NAME: ALEXANDRIA PRICE
ADDRESS: 15338 SILVERMAN ST
WEBSTER, TX 77598
Kindly get back with the information below once the transfer has been completed.
Western Union Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN)# & Total Amount Sent
FAQ: Why am I sending money to TX? The head office the graphic artist is Texas. As soon as payment is acknowledge by them, a local artist will come to your house and install the decal wrap on your car. Let me know as soon as the check is deposited.
If you require additional information, do not hesitate to email me or call me.
505 652 7798
It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in these offer.Imagine this: while you are looking for ways to make an extra buck, you receive an email from a company offering you the opportunity of making $300 a week if you get your car wrapped in a well-known brand’s logo. “Our world-class partners such us Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, XS Energy, and Budweiser will generously pay prospective clients like you”, the message says.
The scammers who send this message also post the same offer on sites like Craigslist, Oodle, or Gumtree, create well-designed advertisments, and even contact people who submit their resumes online hunting for jobs.
The offer sounds good, especially since you have the option of removing the wrapped sticker after the number of months you want. If you accept the offer, the scammers will then send you a check for a large amount of money, according to the length of time you want to be the mobile advertiser.
The instructions for cashing the check indicate that a certain portion of the money is to be kept as your payment and the rest is to be sent via wire transfer to the company who will supposedly wrap your vehicle. After you wire the money, you’ll find out that the original check was a fake and the transaction bounced. Now your bank is after you for thousands of dollars.
The scam has been reported to happen in several cities in the United States, from Albany to Los Angeles, and Seattle to Miami — to name just a few big ones.
How to avoid:
No major brand would hire regular people to wrap their cars with advertising. Corporations are very careful about their image and typically have huge marketing departments within. Be very careful when you receive this email, as the message might be presented in a very professional manner. The scammers steal images from websites belonging to reputable companies that do professional car wrapping and make you believe it’s their business. Delete the email. If you really need to get a job, use reputable companies.
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