Have you thought about car wrap advertising? Let me talk to you first about the car wrap scam, including ACTUAL emails (yes, they tried to get us!).

Let me introduce you to an internet car scam in the hopes that you will not fall for it. I specifically want to go over this one because I have mentioned before that you can make money by having your vehicle wrapped in an advertisement.car with a car wrap advertisement on it with text overlay "how to find legitimate car wrapping companies"

In fact, my husband and I signed ourselves onto a legitimate vehicle wrapping company several years ago in the hopes that they would choose us.

It turned out to be a complete car advertising scam, and I played along until the end so that I could show you what this looks like.

Our Car Wrap Scam Experience

Which is probably why the initial email I received from the scammer did not raise alarms for me:

From: [email protected], 10/24/13: “would you like to earn $300.00 weekly for wrapping your vehicle in an Ad?”

Even though the email looked rather informal, I replied, “yes”, thinking that this was someone working for the vehicle wrap company where I had signed up for.

On 10/25/2013, I received the following reply from Harry Peterson, [email protected] (I realize this is a lot of copying and pasting to read through; however, I believe this will help others who are searching online to determine whether or not the email they have received is a scam; also, I included grammatical and spelling errors from them):

“Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller vehicles with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive.

We are currently seeking to employ individuals world wide as we look to expand our market thus, introducing ( Kronik Energy Drink) to every nooks and crannies especially in the USA. How would you like to make money by simply driving your vehicle or banner wrapped for  Kronik Energy Drink®

How it works?
Here's the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept:  Kronik Energy Drink® seeks people — regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do – ‘which means there are no OBLIGATIONS whatsoever as to how many miles you have to cover' only with a big advert for ” Kronik Energy Drink®” plastered on your vehicle. 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 vehicle's exterior surface.

Don't Have a vehicle?
If you don't have a vehicle, you can also participate if you have a bike or scooter.

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, 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 can't avoid seeing the wrapped vehicle alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.

What is the Contract Duration?
Once the wrap has been installed, minimum term is 4 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.

Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my vehicle?
The decal doesn't damage the paint of the vehicle and will be removed by our representative once the contract expires. We will be responsible for installation and removal of the wrap.

You will be compensated with $300.00 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the  exterior space(excludes your windows and windscreens) on your vehicle and no fee is required from you.  Kronik Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your vehicle and also the removal. You will receive an upfront payment of $300.00  check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your vehicle…

Best Regards,
Harry Petterson
Hiring Manager
Kronik Energy Drink®

Ph:+1 702-605-3372
Fax: +1 702-537-5695”

At this point, I did not pick up on the fact that Harry Peterson had signed his email with two “t’s” in his name. But I did smell a rat. In the email response I received on 10/26/2013, I knew something was wrong for sure:

“1)     The first payment will come as a check in the mail.It will include both the installation and removal fee and also the $300.00 accrued to you. You are to cash the check payment as soon as you receive it for the decal wrapping of your vehicle and also deduct $300.00 accrued to you as your up-front payment. However, the rest of the funds would be paid to the Graphic artist that will install the decal on your vehicle. Method of payment will be related to you as soon as you receive the check payment. Nevertheless, it is paramount for you to confirm the acceptance and understanding of this email. Please note that the graphic artist payment covers the installation and removal of the wrap on your vehicle. The installation and removal will be done at your address and it will only take up to 2-3hrs. Subsequent payment of $300.00 accrued to you will come in the mail every Tuesday of the week.”

I mean, why would I have to pay the graphics person and not them? A quick internet search resulted in finding the following forum where this very scam was unraveled.

Pssst: You'll also want to learn how to identify a craiglist scammer, as car wrap scams occur on that site.

How Car Wrap Advertising Scams Work

Basically, the check I was to receive in the mail (and actually did, to the tune of $2,450) came with instructions to cash it. I was to take out $300 for myself, and then wire the remaining $2,150 to a specific address and person who would then design the vinyl advertising wrap for my car.

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In fact, that is what Harry asked me to do on 12/5/2013:

“Report has it that the check payment for the decal wrapping of your vehicle will be delivered to your address via USPS today. Kindly confirm via usps.com with the tracking number 9470101699320004911554. kindly proceed to deposit the check into your bank account as soon as you receive it today and funds will be available for withdrawal 24hrs after the check has been deposited. I will be waiting for a confirmation message immediately the check is deposited. As soon as the cash is cleared you are to deduct $300.00 which is accrued to you and forward the balance to the graphic artist that will be wrapping the decal on your vehicle via WESTERN UNION transfer. The same graphic artist will also be responsible for removing the decal when the program is completed.”

The person I was to send it to was Brigido B Bellhouse, Laverne CA, 91750.

Checks take several days to clear a bank, and the scammers frantically attempted to contact me after the check was sent to my house to ensure that I would wire this money. If I had not already known it was a scam, then I would have been out to the tune of $2,150.

When I asked Harry Petterson why I would have to pay the graphics person, he responded:

“Payments are issued to our respective applicants through our corporate sponsor. However the payment covers both the installation fee, removal fee and the weekly $300.00 accrued to you.”

Right.

Clues that Set Off My Gut Instinct

In case you ever find yourself with an email offer that looks too good to be true, check out these clues that set my own gut instinct off:

  • Clue #1: The name changed from Harry Peterson to Harry Petterson at some point in the email transactions.
  • Clue #2: It made no sense that the company was sending money through me to pay the decal wrapping person, instead of them paying the decal wrapping person themselves.
  • Clue #3#: The company did not already have my address and information (which they should have had if they were one of the companies where I registered).
  • Clue #4: The emails were riddled with grammatical mistakes, such as lowercase letters at the beginning of sentences and missed spacing.
  • Clue #5: They did not care that my vehicle was old, dirty, and that I was self-employed (i.e. I hardly drive at all). BIG red flag.
  • Clue #6: My gut did not feel easy about this transaction. Gut instinct should not be discounted!

Oral B Car Wrap Scam – Real Example

I get emails and comments about the oral b scam all the time. You guys are receiving text messages, emails, and sometimes, even checks, from Oral B (or supposedly), and you need to know: is oral b legit (as far as car wraps are concerned)?

No. Oral B does not have a car wrap advertising campaign.

Fortunately, to show you how this particular vehicle wrap scam works, Chad offered to share his text message, email, and experience dealing with the Oral B car wrap scam.

Chad says,

“I received a text message to my phone, which I took a screen shot of. I will attach. It also has a link to follow where you fill out an application, type of vehicle how far you drive etc etc. then a week or so later I got the “acceptance” letter.”

He also asked that I share the following text message and email he received, verbatim, from the scammer.

Oral B Scam Text Message:

text message of email supposedly from oral b saying "wrap your car in an AD for $500 weekly..."

Oral B's Scam Acceptance Letter:

From: Oral-B®
To:
Sent: April 13, 2019 at 2:22 PM
Subject: Car Wrap Acceptance Letter.

Hello,

(ID NUMBER ORB/806/1218)

We will like to Thank you and Congratulate you for signifying your interest to partake in our Survey brand car wrap advert program. Your information as been kept private. This program will last for 3 months, in which the minimum you can participate is 8 weeks (contract renewable at the end of the 8th week).

Per our offer letter, I would like to restate your hiring agreement.

* You will begin your position as our brand representative.

* I understand your starting salary will be $200 per week with performance reviews per month.

* You read & agreed to our part-time scheme.

Are you Able, Willing & Capable of this position in a timely manner ? Kindly REPLY to validate your Interest, As soon as you receive this Mail.

Yours Sincerely,

Tony Gardner

Hiring Manager,

Oral-B®

The Check Chad received from Oral-B:

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Oral B Scam Text Message

screenshot of oral b text message scam

How to Report Car Wrap Scam Emails and Text Messages

Beforer we get into finding LEGITIMATE car wrap advertising opportunities, I want to give you resources so that you can report car wrap scam emails and auto wrap spam text messages.

How to Report an Auto Wrap Scam:

  • Forward Your Emails to the FTC: Did you receive unsolicited e-mail offers or spam? Forward your messages to the Federal Trade Commission at [email protected].
  • File a Complaint with the FBI: You'll want to file an official complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (ITC3). They'll process them, and may or may not refer the complain to federal, state, local, or even international law enforcement agencies for investigation.
  • Report Phone Scammers: Phone scammers try to offer free grants, lotteries, product samples/trials, ask you to invest your money, and they can come in the form of actual people calling you or robocalls and even text messages. If they ask for your credit card information or social security information, then you're likely dealing with a scam. You'll want to report these by submitting a complaint to the FTC. To protect yourself for the future, place your phone number on the national DoNotCall list. Then, if you receive marketing calls still, you can submit a claim through the DoNotCall.gov site (these are different from scams, though. They might just be people trying to sell you something, which is not a scam).
  • Report to Your State's Consumer Protection Agency: You can search here and find your state's consumer protection agency. They can help!
  • Report Scam Checks Received to US Postal Service: If you receive an actual scam check in the mail, then you'll want to also file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Service.

How Do You Find Legitimate Car Wrap Advertising?

You might be happy (and surprised, at this point) to learn that there ARE some legitimate car wrap advertising opportunities out there.

I mean, there has to be – otherwise, why would we drive by cars wrapped in advertising on the highway?

Typical signs that you’re dealing with a reputable company:

  • You’ve already registered with them, and they’re sending you an offer.
  • You have to tell them your driving history, and it has to be clean.
  • They require you to have car insurance.
  • They don’t ask YOU for any money.
  • They require you to have a decent car (model year, what shape it’s in, paint job is still good, etc.)
  • They are accredited by the BBB (Better Business Bureau)

List of Legitimate Car Wrap Advertising Companies – Get Paid to Wrap Your Car

Vehicle Wrap Company #1: Carvertise
BBB Rating: A
Years in Business: 6 years
Average Customer Review: 4.5 stars
Customer Complaints: there have been 3 customer complaints, each of which were closed (meaning, resolved) within the BBB

This company has placed over 6,000 car advertisements. They have a network of 425,000 drivers nationally, and have paid out $1,500,000 to drivers across the U.S. Also, they're growing their driver base, with a goal to get up to 600,000 drivers in their network.

To qualify, you must drive at least 30 miles/day, have a clean driving record. Also, your car must be a 2008 model or newer, and you will need a factory finish job (advertisers wouldn’t want to put their advertisement on a beater car!).

Payouts are typically $100 – $150/month per campaign with occasional opportunities to earn extra by doing things like parking your car in a specific location ($30/hour), posting photos, and getting your wrapping done quickly.

Here's how their wrapping process works,

We wrap cars in-house with a team of expert detailers. We also work with a network of wrap shops across the U.S. for drivers located outside of Delaware. We work with only the highest quality wrap shops to ensure consistent quality no matter where the driver is. There is no cost to the driver for putting on/taking off the car wrap.”

Wondering how you can tell if someone is scamming you by pretending to BE carvertise?

Here's their answer:

“Carvertise only sends emails from Carvertise.com — never reply to an email or message from anyone claiming to be a Carvertise representative if they are sending emails from yahoo, AOL, Gmail, or any other similar provider). We have a team of dedicated tech support, so you can also call us to speak with a live rep.”

Have you received any email scams lately? Care to share to alert the rest of us?

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  1. David says:

    I received a text from an Oral-B wrap scammer that had a shortened WordPress URL. Thought it seemed too good to be true and decoded the address. I visited the site and still felt it had to be too good to be true since I found it highly unlikely Procter & Gamble (the parent company of Oral-B) or Oral-B would use a WordPress site to run an advertising campaign. I did a search and found this site. I’ve reported the number and the text to the FTC. I also sent an e-mail to Oral-B letting them know about the scam and the site, so that they can take the proper steps to have the scammers taken care of.

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      David – thank you so much for reporting this scam! Hopefully you can help others not fall victim to it.

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  2. Charles Palmer says:

    Also received OralB invite. Got The check which says cashiers check but texts say let us know about deposit so we can release funds. I believe a cashiers check is pre paid.
    Also, re an older comment said Pepsi water was Dasani. Dasani is Coca Cola’s water. Aquafina is Pepsi’s water.

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  3. Linda Devine says:

    I received a check for 3,850 deposited it funds are available, but not withdrawing until I hear back from my bank. It is a wrap for Dasani Water, Paying 550 a week. Dasanti is made and distributed by Pepsi Company. How do you check to find out if its a scam? Auto Campaign Manager is Anthony Roberts and I contact a Natalie Hayden email [email protected] and text number is 530-739-1424. How can I check them to find out if they are legal?

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Ack! I hope you didn’t send any money to anyone yet (did they ask you to)? It sounds like it’s a vehicle wrap scam.

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  4. Lylah Anderson says:

    Thank you for this post! Got this text below for Amp energy drink…HI, AMP ENERGY DRINK Offer to put small sticker on your Car/Truck/Bike for $500 weekly. It cause no scratch to your car. And this subsequent email … Alex Emmanuel ([email protected]) is not on your Guest List | Approve sender | Approve domain
    Hello, Your application has been approved, please reconfirm the following details:

    1….How long do you intend to carry the advert on your car 1 month, 2months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months or 6 months?
    2….Do you have a valid drivers license?
    3….Do you use your car everyday?
    4…..Also reconfirm your name and address as it should be on the check, where your payment should be mailed.
    5….. Your Mobile and Home number

    You are to be checking your email daily for updates and when your check will arrive in the mail.

    Regards
    2020 © AMP ENERGY DRINKS All rights reserved

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      You are most welcome, Lylah! And thank YOU for posting this information to help others who might have otherwise fallen for this Amp Energy Drink scam.

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  5. Dee says:

    Thank goodness I found this forum! I almost got swept up in the Kronik Energy Drink text scam! I got the check and my gut said search for frauds before putting it into my bank account. Fortunately, my bank holds funds of this nature for 2 weeks prior to distributing the bulk of it. But I would have been out $200 of which I can’t afford being on disability and a fixed income.

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  6. DAMON E WEESE says:

    On 12/20/2019 I Recieved a text from, “Kronic Energy”, it looked legit at first, so I opted in. On 01/06/2020 I recieved a email confirming that I was accepted into the program. I didn’t open any email until the 7th, and within a couple of hours of seeing the email, I recieved a, “Priority Mail”, envelope with a check for $1998.98. I was already smelling a scam, as soon as the email instructed me to deposit and pay someone. I have the check and letter. I will report them to the agencies listed above. Thank you for this information. !!

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      I am SO thankful you didn’t fall for this scam, Damon! Good on you for following through with reporting the Kronic Energy vehicle scam.

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      • Kyla Cummins says:

        Wow, I just received a check from Easy Cash Corp. for a wrap for Kronic-Energy Drink. The same situation they sent me a text message and I received the check today. Red flag was I just tried to call the company Easy Cash Corp to verify the check before wasting my banks time and mine. The number has been disconnected. They sent me a check for $3750.45 and told me to keep $300.00 in one text and in another told me to keep $300.00 and additional $20.00 for my trouble. I did suspect it all to be a scam and once I received the check it has been confirmed. I will report this as well. This is wrong and it can have some really bad outcomes if people are not aware of scams or scammers.

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  7. Marsha a Hunt-Mcrae says:

    I was contacted by Kronik Energy Drink Have not received the check yet but I thouht something was not right Check is suppose to come today. Will report them when I receive the check. They guy that contacted me was name Steve

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Thanks so much, Marsha, for taking the time to tell us about the Kronik Energy Drink vehicle scam. Looks like it’s still alive, and well.

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  8. ron says:

    i recieved offer from amp energy drink to put advertising on my car 600.00 dollars a week i applied and forgot about it being out of work i was looking for job or help from anywhere 2 weeks latter i got check in mail from credit union in wisconson no letter explaining what it was for only text to respond i got the check. i was like great i got a loan i paid some much needed bills the ck was for2550.00 i spent 900.00 a week later amp contacted me i told them what i did they said 600.00 was for me rest was for installer that was coming to my house he said there would take care of my mistake but was very insistant that i go to store and use all of the money left and buy up 100.00 amazon gift cards to give to installer. the red flags went up.i called my bank they said check was fraudulent they wanted gift cards because they there not traceable i would have been responseable for 2550.00 right know 900.00 i texted them they were mad i told them my bank is investagating and im contacting my local police they have not responded hope i never here from them again now i got to find out way to pay my bank back anyone need there car wrapped lol gland i can keep my head up

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Oh NO, Ron! I’m so sorry to hear about this amp energy drink scandal you got (unknowingly) wrapped up in. I think they prey on people in financial need, which is so sad. I’m glad you “only” owe the $900…but that’s still a significant amount of money. Thank you so much for sharing your story so that, hopefully, others won’t fall for this.

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  9. Roxanne Buchanan says:

    No one has mentioned this “company”, but it seems, almost word for word in some parts, like the same deal..anyone know for sure?

    ROCKSPUNCH ENERGY DRINK ADVERT

    EARN $500 WEEKLY ROCKSPUNCH ENERGY DRINK ADVERT
    Please fill it We are currently seeking to employ individual’s world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car, advertising for ROCKSPUNCH ENERGY DRINK

    HOW IT WORKS:

    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: ROCKSPUNCH ENERGY DRINK seeks people — regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “ROCKSPUNCH ENERGY DRINK” LOGO on your car or truck. 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, 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 can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is 7 weeks.

    You will be compensated with $550 per week which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting ROCKSPUNCH ENERGY DRINK use the space, no fee is required from you. ROCKSPUNCH ENERGY DRINK shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car/truck. You will receive an upfront payment of $550 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car. Please fill it out. It’s awesome!

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Wow, Roxanne — thank you so much for your part in helping warn others about vehicle wrap scams! It’s amazing how many of these schemes are out there.

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  10. Michael Zaragoza says:

    Hey, new car wrap scam for Kronik energy drink. I just wish those illiterate scammer Nincompoops! sending me those “Official Documents” and “Checks” had finished the third grade, I guess they figured that “Finishing the second grade” was good enough for them. Well not good enough to rope me into a SCAM, grammar does play a role in my limited “Kindly” vocabulary. I did not become a willing participant to this poorly executed charade.

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  11. Human P says:

    Hi, few days ago i was in constant contact with “UEFA EURO 2020” Car Wrap scam.
    Below is their original email:
    ——————————————————-
    How are you doing today? We appreciate your willingness to participate in this program. My name is Scott Lipesky and I’m the Logistics Supervisor for UEFA EURO 2020 here in North America.The UEFA EURO 2020 is scheduled to be the 16th UEFA European Championship, It is scheduled to be held in 12 cities in 12 European countries from 12 June to 12 July 2020.. Due to the massive record of attendance at the 2016 UEFA EURO championship, we have decided to carry out a major campaign for the upcoming tournament to boost its reputation.. Apart from carrying out TV commercials and Bill Boards, We have decided to take our marketing strategy to another level by adding automobiles and trains to the campaign list so as to reach a wider audience thereby passing out the message to a larger audience, which is why we seek interested candidates to go about their normal routine with the advert of the “ UEFA EURO 2020” on their Car,Bus or Truck. We have chosen sharp Colours so the decal will be eye catchy and attract lots of attention to people whenever the car pulls up or Held in traffic..This program will last for 6 months and the minimum a candidate can participate is 2 months..If thereafter a candidate choose not to participate anymore, the decal can be removed.. The decal is of 2 types; Wrap or Sticker. The wrap covers every portion of your car’s exterior surface while the Sticker will just be on the doors and also the hood of the car.. It is the same amount and we have recruited professionals in each selected cities to carry out the process so no damage will occur on any participants car.. It is important that the specialist records the mileage of the car so as to ensure that the car is driven at least 5 hours weekly.

    Participants will be compensated with $300 weekly which includes $50 for gas.. The payment will arrive every Monday in form of a certified cashier check.. Each participant will be provided with flyers to be distributed as well as Face Cap and T-Shirt with the “ UEFA EURO 2020” inscription boldly written on it. The specialist will provide this material after he as placed the decal (sticker/wrap) on the car..

    The UEFA EURO 2020 does not require any fee to participate in this program as the application form is free.. You can find below the application form to apply for this offer. Only successful candidates will be contacted for wrap Schedule and Placement.
    Warm Regards,

    Scott Lipesky

    Hiring Coordinator/Logistic Supervisor
    https://www.uefa.com
    ————————————————————————————-
    Things I performed:
    a) called UEFA and asked them about the compain (answer was “What are you talking about?”)
    b) using LinkedIN contacted Scott Lipesky (answer was “What are you talking about?”)
    c) in unmarked envelope received a check for $3850 (WOW!, asked to wire back 3K!!! – I didn’t)
    d) blocked spammers phone number
    I hope nobody else felt for it.

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this vehicle wrap scam, and I’m SO glad you didn’t fall for it!

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  12. Del says:

    I received the $1200 cashiers check for the ORAL-B wrap, and like a jerk I deposited it in my bank. On my deposit slip (which I had to text back a copy to them) my bank stated “NOTICE OF DELAYED DEPOSIT AVAILABILITY” and the funds wouldn’t be available for ten days. So my bank, CHASE, is contacting the paying bank and more information on file. What exactly IS the scam? Do they take the $ for the decals and I never get any more $ a week? And I’m stuck with the decals on my car?

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Hi Del! Thanks for sharing your car wrap scam experience…typically what happens is, they ask you to send them money to wrap the car, and they send you a check to cash. Your bank takes several days to cash it (looks like that’s what your bank is doing, when they stated the notice of delayed deposit), and you lose the money that you wire to the scammers in the meantime. So, whatever you do, don’t send them any money!

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      • Virginia Drury says:

        Hi I just deposited a cashier’s check for oral-b should I call my bank and let them know

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        • Amanda L Grossman says:

          Hi Virginia – I’m sorry this happened to you. Whatever you do, do NOT spend the cash you think you deposited. AND, do NOT send anyone any money, based on the money they sent you through a false check. Have you called to let your bank know, yet?

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  13. Beatrice says:

    Hello MS lady
    Great information. Add to received last Thursday a cashier check Ernest Reyes for the Oral-B wrap. Always take the check and information to the bank and talk to a representative first. This is second time something has happened like this. I’m a senior and I apply for simple jobs on the website sorry to say they don’t have very many for us days. I received the same check former Atlanta Credit Union. I will be turned over to the authorities on tomorrow. Thank you so much for your information.

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  14. Terri says:

    I just got a check yesterday and so i went to a check cashing place to have the money put on a prepaid debit card. Noone would cash it. I only tried one place because i figured this would happen. They contacted me initially by text and said if lt was for Domino’s Pizza. Offered me 500/week. I thought something was wrong when he sent me my tracking number he called me Dale. And i reversed search the phone number, the check and letter were from new york but the phone # is in Calif.

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  15. TERRI Davis says:

    I am supose to recieve a check tomorrow to wrap my car with advertising Domino’s Pizza. I recieved it by text message not email. And the check is coming by fedex.

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  16. zodna says:

    Thank you for exposing this scam, I almost fail for it:(

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  17. Bill says:

    I received the identical check as Chad, with the exception of a different check number. They wanted me to send a copy of my deposit slip to, get this Vincentprice*****@ gmail. I was a little suspicious and so glad I checked this out. Thanks for the info.

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  18. Trish says:

    I got an email on Monday, Memorial Day. Thought it sound easy enough, I know there are. Companies that do this this. Replied to the email and they said they changed what they 1st said about paying me. Sending a check to me and a different check sent to the decal vendor. They did say the check would not come from Dr Pepper(not thinking it Coke Co) some companies do outsource payments. But when the next email came and it

    said the check for my 1st payment and the decal contractors would be the same check that was a RED FLAG. Glad I looked this up.

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    • Kim South says:

      Just got my email three days ago…. doctor pepper and another drink. I responded the first time… but no other contact from me. I was already suspicious … so googled it and here we are. I will be notifying the appropriate authority . I feel foolish.. but not as foolish as I would have felt if I had continued.

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  19. Mechelle says:

    Just received the Oral B scam today in the mail. Thank you for posting about the scam.

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  20. Dianna Purvis says:

    I received a check for an oral b wrap. Had cashiers check for 1950. Supposed to cash and keep 300 and the rest is to have car wrapped. Funny thing is it was sent from Jennifer Source, Humble Tx, check remitted is Jessica Hooper on a check from Ohio and I’m dealing with Benjamin Hayes, mobile marketing officer 917-935-0322. I’m glad I checked it out before acting on it. Found this ad on facebook

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  21. Tim Wieland says:

    Last fall I got a text claiming they were from Frito Lay wanting to ‘wrap my van’. I have no idea how they knew I have a van for my building biz. I filled out the app out of curiosity. 2 days later I received an over night letter from a small town in North Carolina. I Googled the address & it came up an address of a small house with an old he happened to be standing in his yard. Anyway in the envelope was a cashiers check for $1800.00 & a letter explaining having a wrap put on my van & keep whats left. The letter had an old faded crooked Frito Lay logo from the 70’s with several grammer errors.
    I packaged it all up & sent it to Frito Lay Security Dept. The Security Super sent me a really nice thank you letter with 6 coupons to get any of their products from any store…. He said they were investigating it & would turn over their findings to the proper authorities…

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      How awesome you got a response from Frito Lay’s security department on your fraud situation! Thanks for letting the rest of us know.

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  22. Gina says:

    Amanda,
    Thank you for putting this information out there. I just received a check today. The company name my scammer is using is Solar City. The moment they said keep some money and send money elsewhere I knew it was a scam. Just wanted everyone to be aware of this company name as well.

    Best Wishes

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  23. Christy smith says:

    I received a text message regarding ‘The Oral B Car Wrap Campaign’s & I followed the link to signify my interest in participating. I provided them my detailed car info and such. Suddenly I was flooded with what I assume are various wrap scams. I’ve received multiple checks from various ‘representatives’ of Budweiser, some energy drink etc. So far all have been to the tune of OVER $2000. each. They all came in tracked parcels vis USPS with nothing but a check in the package. I’ve done nothing with them as I’ve been wondering who to contact/notify & to turn them over to somebody with the authority to do something about this mess. Now today, I got yet another package. This one, however, was for $1965.00 and had a letter included in the envelope with the check. Of I take all of this to my bank, shouldn’t they be able to tell me how to proceed?

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Hi Christy! Thank you for sharing your experience, with details. I know that banks have fraud departments for things like credit card/debit card/bank account fraud. I just don’t know if your bank would be willing to do anything with a check that was not deposited into their institution, and that didn’t result in their client (you) losing any money. If you happen to take it to your bank, I would LOVE to know if they help with this – that could be great information for others.

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      • Deleana says:

        Over taken it to my bank explained i thought it was frsud but asked them to look into it. They did and it was and they kept the check and contacted local authorities. Moines was the same one from above, domino’s and it was through text not email. It was after I signed up for a legitimate wrap service.

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  24. Jody Kritzmire says:

    So, I signed up too…but guess I will expect a check. My husband is not happy with me. Will they stop calling if you tell them no? How do you end it ?

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  25. Levonia Salinas says:

    This the website included. And yes. I too received a check this weekend! When I didn’t cash immediately, I guess the “corporate genius” decided I needed a little motivation. I was sent an email to to remind me of my Wonderful opportunity I’m about to share with them. In the email it literally references the wrap and check issuance as a “mini scam”. I could not believe it! I truly had my second thoughts about my fourth thoughts on this entire deal. So, now, I’m out! Mr. Gardner, real estate ego, you will lose.

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  26. Erica says:

    Wow, I just received a text about the Oral-B wrap! I googled to see if it could be legit and stumbled across your article, thank you! Here it is—- Wrap your Car in an AD for $500 weekly for Oral B Toothpaste.The wrap does not damage car paints.Go to oralbwraponline.com to apply. Txt STOP to STOP

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  27. Pam Reynolds says:

    Yep got a check today for $1200. Seemed a bit off. I was going to call the bank on Monday and verify the check.. guess I don’t have to now. Thank you for your information I don’t need this type of problem . Thanks again. Pam

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  28. Meca says:

    I just received a check today to wrap my car for Oral B for $1200. They want me to put it in my bank and send them a picture of the deposit slip (so they can have my info?) no thanks.

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  29. Travis Shepard says:

    That’s funny, I got 2 checks sent to me in like 3 months. One was for the monster energy drink wrap and got a check for 3000, then just today i got another text message asking if i wanted to sign up for the new dr. Pepper car wrap and also they said that I would receive a $3000 check, I automatically knew it was a scam so I kept telling them I never received the check, 2 times, then after like 3 days they sent me a very mean and threatening n vulgar message saying I need to cash the check or there would be legal action. Excuse my French,but I e mailed them back I told them to go n fuck off with there scam. Hence. I haven’t gotten any more emails or texts pertaining car wraps.. please listen to our replies, this is no joke if u cash that check u will have to pay it all back out of your own pocket!!!!!

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  30. Chad Raught says:

    I got a text last week offering car wraps for 500.00 week. I filled out the application now this week I get an acceptance letter that I will copy below. I’m glad I did some research.

    Hello,

    (ID NUMBER ORB/806/1218)

    We will like to Thank you and Congratulate you for signifying your interest to partake in our Survey brand car wrap advert program. Your information as been kept private. This program will last for 3 months, in which the minimum you can participate is 8 weeks (contract renewable at the end of the 8th week).

    Per our offer letter, I would like to restate your hiring agreement.

    * You will begin your position as our brand representative.
    * I understand your starting salary will be $200 per week with performance reviews per month.
    * You read & agreed to our part-time scheme.

    Are you Able, Willing & Capable of this position in a timely manner ? Kindly REPLY to validate your Interest, As soon as you receive this Mail.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Tony Gardner
    Hiring Manager,
    Oral-B®

    Needless to say I won’t be depositing any checks if they send them. Lol

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Thanks SO much, Chad, for sharing your car wrap scam experience with us! It’s super helpful for others who otherwise might get scammed out of money.

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      • Georgette Eisenhower says:

        What do I do w a ck once I receive it and believe it to be a scam?

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    • Mark says:

      That’s the same name Tony Gardner. I my goodness. Not Good

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  31. Erin says:

    Just got this via text to my cell phone moments ago, my first response would be Heck yes, I want to be paid $500 p/week (but of course I assumed it was a scam so I looked it up). Can’t believe all these years they are still trying this!

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  32. Kellie says:

    I received an offer, for $500/wk to wrap my vehicle; Oral B. When I clicked on the link to apply the compensation changed to $200, nevertheless I continued with the app, thinking I’d address it later, since it stated if you were selected they’d contact you within 72 hrs. That never happened, instead I received a fedex envelope, with a check and similar instructions. I understood that depositing the check also meant I was accepting the terms; I was initially applying to wrap my vehicle, for the $500 compensation they started off offering. So, before depositing a check I sent them a letter inquiry requesting them to honor the initial offer; that was two days ago, with no response! I then called the bank the check was drawn on; the bank is legitimate, the check is not, wasn’t in their system, therefore fraudulent. So many red flags…

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  33. Rose says:

    I also received a check from Oral-b for $1200 it gave me a bad feeling, do I had to do some research and I guess I was right, I’m so glad that I saw this or else I would have fallen into the scam.

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  34. Troi L Ennist says:

    I’m dealing with the exact same thing at the moment, I received almost the exact same email but I registered on Facebook for sweet treats. I received the check, but I did not cash it. ( I still have it ) but now the person is harassing me telling me he’s going to turn me into the FBI or the local CIA because I stopped responding him as I realized it was a scam. I’m trying to figure out who to contact to give over the check too and this individual’s phone number so this doesn’t happen to someone else.

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    • Amanda L Larrabee says:

      my husband is going through the same exact thing, he got sent a check for $3,000 and was told to keep $600 of it, wire the rest to some third party, huge red flag, this person is texting my husband and saying he needs to wire the money ASAP and getting very demanding with my husband, we are going to the state police with all documents, this person is harassing my husband like crazy to have money wired over

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      • Amanda L Grossman says:

        Oh my goodness, Amanda, I’m sorry you’re going through this vehicle scam wrap! Thank goodness you’ve done your research and are listening to your gut. Let us know how it goes with the state policy.

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Hello Troi! I appreciate you wanting to help others. I just updated the article with a new section to help with reporting, “”How to Report Car Wrap Scam Emails and Text Messages”. Good luck.

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  35. Missy Belcher says:

    I got one from Oral B for $1200. With instructions to deposit the check, keep $200 and then pay the technician. I have NOT deposited the check and WILL NOT deposit the check after reading this site. They can pay the technician. I sent a copy to my bank and I am waiting to hear from the bank rep. Thanks for the info

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      I am SO happy you didn’t fall for this vehicle wrap scam, Missy! Good for you for looking into it.

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    • Trellani says:

      I received the same a 1200$ check in mailed

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    • Pat F says:

      I received a $1200 check from the oral b also. I got it in the mail yesterday priority mail. Thanks for mentioning this. I wasn’t sure what to do. In the invitation, they said they would pay for the installation, but the letter said it would come out of the check. Didn’t find right to me. Thanks!

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      • Amanda L Grossman says:

        First of all, I’m so sorry you are being affected by this oral b vehicle scam!

        If you’re willing to send me an image of your check and any emails/mail you received of the Oral B wrap scam that I can use in this article to help others, please contact me using the contact form at the top of my site.

        Use the subject line: “Oral B Information”. Thank you!

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  36. Ken says:

    I already cashed in the check before looking into more, what would happen if I don’t follow through?

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      • Marsha Palmer says:

        I just got an offer for oral b car wrap and the check came today for $1,200.00 I was supposed to deposit then get my 200 and the other 1000 was for the wrapper. I was told to send a confirmation immediately after i deposited the check and would be told what to do from there. It sounded awesome. I am so glad I ran across your letters and warnings before I was truly scammed.

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        • Amanda L Grossman says:

          Marsha – thank you for telling your story, and I’m tickled to hear that this article I wrote helped you to avoid being scammed out of your hard-earned cash!

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    • Brian says:

      Yeah I did the same thing cashing in the check. Do I have to go to my bank or worry about them getting my bank info

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  37. Christy Beck says:

    I’m constantly getting checks to do adverts on my car and some say send money other places and others say pay the tech when the job is completed. Thank God for my bank cause without them I would have been locked up long ago. My bank refuses to deposit checks into any account if the customer doesn’t know the sender. It might be overproduction to some but I don’t want to pay back something I can’t afford. So far I’ve gotten checks from Oral-B, Nike Fri Fit, Dr Pepper, and a few others. Even if u don’t think it’s a scam still check them out thoroughly before risking a charge for money fraud, better safe then sorry

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Wow — the checks come in the mail made out to you? I’m glad your bank does that, and I’m glad you haven’t fallen victim to the vehicle wrap scam!

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    • elias says:

      i just have one today android its from oralb supposedly but at my instincts i know its too goodbye to be true but its a scam im returning their check and put a red flags on my account damn scammers i almost fall to it

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  38. frankie says:

    We are watching you ,scammers get a job and work for your money like the rest of us…money orders are a big eye opener too don’t take it or cash it will come out of your own money….

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  39. Mia says:

    [email protected]
    This guy is doing the same thing. For advertising a new drink. He wrote: “paid to drive concept “Robust Energy Drink” and it was the same message. My aunt got a check for almost $3000 and was supposed to pay the wrapping guys from that money. We found this link and I was able to stop her from doing it! Thank god. So sad people are taking advantage of this economy and stealing from innocent people. We get scared to see in other countries people that might steal something from u with a gun, reality is that this is no different…

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  40. Mia says:

    Be aware of car wrap scams” Thanks for your info. We did received a scam as well from [email protected] to wrap our vehicle for this new drink- I think is really sad how crazy people are stealing and taking advantage of those who fall for this things. They are stealing right in front of our eyes and taking advantage of this tough economy… This was part of their message: {[“the basic premise of the “paid to drive concept “Robust Energy Drink” is to seek people regular citizens and professional drivers and all car owners, to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “Robust Energy Drink” plastered on their cars. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps” here is the suspicious part of the email: ({“You will receive an upfront payment inform of certified check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and you will be the one paying the expert to build up a mutual relationship between both of you, as he will be coming to you for placing of the ad on your car after we have agreed with all terms and conditions “)}

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  41. [email protected] says:

    These scams have really made me very paranoid, crimes are getting out of hand these days. Just last week some people broke into our house and took my brother’s ipad and phone, just glad no one got hurt because everyone was asleep. It was a lucky break.

    But yeah, thanks for the information. Bad people everywhere.

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  42. Little House says:

    I receive a bit of junk mail and usually delete stuff like this right away. As much as I’ve thought about wrapping my car, the emails I’ve received sound fishy. My mother in law also looked into this after receiving an email, and she declined realizing something didn’t sound right. Good thing you didn’t cash that check!

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  43. jestjack says:

    I have had several …”offers” …similiar to this but with things I have for sale on Craigslist. Probably the funniest was the $2500 check from California for a pallet of 4 inch ceramic tile. I was to keep the $500 for the tile and was to write a check to his “contractor” when he arrived to pick up and transport the tile….from Maryland… to California. I still have that check and actually told them I never recieved the first and had them send me another. These were sent UPS ground and my hope was to cost them as much money as I could. Of course when I didn’t “follow thru” I did receive an agressive e-mail threatening legal action …etc.
    On a positive note a good friend years ago did get paid to have advertisement applied to his VW bug from a cigarette company (Kool). They were very specific as to how it was to be displayed and how long. As I recall his checks came monthly. The crazy thing was folks thought he worked for the company and were always asking for samples…to which he replied …that he didn’t smoke.
    Thanks for the Scam heads-up….

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      I guess they really wanted that tile….haha!

      Thanks for sharing your friend’s experience; vehicle advertising revenue does exist for sure.

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  44. phr3dly says:

    Also, for some reason, scammers always use the word ‘Kindly’ in their requests.

    “Kindly confirm via usps.com”. “Kindly proceed to deposit”. etc…

    It’s a sure sign.

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Solid observation–you are correct. I think in every scam email I have ever received they used the word “Kindly” at least once!

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      • Ken says:

        https:// oralbwraponline.com/ this is the site that I got from a txt. I’m done w/selling things on Craigslist! Scammers bombard U!

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  45. Laura says:

    So glad to hear that you never cashed the check. What a disaster it would be! I’ve thought about doing that for a while, too; thank you for sharing that story! Did you report them to the BBB?

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  46. Khaleef @ Fat Guy, Skinny Wallet says:

    The sad thing is that I’m sure many people fall for these scams all the time. We are always looking for a quick buck and we will go against our instincts in order to make one!

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    • Amanda L Grossman says:

      Definitely Khaleef–when I researched the emails I found many complaints across the internet from people who had lost money on this.

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  47. Crystal @ Prairie Ecothrifter says:

    Wow…hadn’t heard of this exact one yet. I know when I tried to find a tenant, people try to pull this “I’ll give you a $1000 check and you give me the $500 difference” thing though. I operated on cash only for a long time, lol.

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      • Melissa says:

        I was sent an email about Harley Davidson wrap and a cheek and tell me to send it to other places after I keep 500 the cheek is 1940 I believe and 500 to keep sending 1450 somewhere I’m not sure what to do

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        • Mark says:

          I also received a check from Oral B. Then I deposited it in my account. But to be safe. I did not touch the money. Then the bank declined the check. Be because the check was already presented.Then I emailed the person on the letter that was sent to me and the email doesn’t work anymore Wowwwww. Something funny going on. Sounds like a scam

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          • Amanda L Grossman says:

            Definitely a scam, Mark! I’m glad you didn’t touch the money, and the fact that it was declined shows that it wasn’t a real check, anyway. Also, I just added a new section in the article that can help with what to do, “How to Report Car Wrap Scam Emails and Text Messages”. I hope that helps.

          • Ange says:

            I got the same check.I not deposit. I will either give back with VOIDED on check or shred

        • Jim Burnsed says:

          Give the entire pkg to local law enforcement.
          I just received a scam for kronik energy drink via pH text message.
          Plus I’ve got a text that states: “you need to see this”; and it has an 8digit number, and a web site to open — probably to get into my ph

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      • Sandra Pruitt says:

        Yep same thing with Oral B.

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      • Shawanda McKenzie says:

        I actually received a check yesterday for $1200 and they told me that the $200 was my first week’s compensation and the $1000 would go to the wrapper. So I actually took out $100 and paid a bill with the other $100. Now I am up looking at my account and it is overdrawn bc the check has to be verified. How do I go about cancelling the check and will they have access to my account? I’m not sure if you ever read on this forum anymore but you can reach me at [email protected]. Thank you

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        • Amanda L Grossman says:

          Hi Shawanda — I’m so sorry to hear that you overwithdrew on your checking. They will not have access to your checking account by you depositing the check from them; however, I would alert your bank if I were you. They may even take pity that you were scammed, and reverse your overwithdrawal fees. Do NOT pay the wrapper anything — that’s how they’re trying to get money from you. That check will never actually clear, and people send off the money to the “wrapper” before they are any the wiser.

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    • Jerrie says:

      Just received a check this morning, which I had to sign for, from Oral B!!! Thank you for sharing, glad I was smart enough to research! I knew I had not committed to anything I was looking at, but received a check any way!!! Grrrr Do I need to turn it in to authorities or what!!!

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      • Pat F says:

        Let me know what you find out because I had the same thing happen to me yesterday. Thanks!

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      • Melody says:

        I got my oral B check yesterday.

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        • Amanda L Grossman says:

          First of all, I’m so sorry you guys are being pulled into this vehicle wrap scam. I’m so glad I wrote about it, and that you listened to your gut!

          Would any of you be willing to share a photo or forward any emails you received of the Oral B wrap scam that I can use in this article to help others?

          If so, please use my contact form at the top and email me with the subject line: “Oral B Information”. Thank you!

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          • Arline says:

            My 21 yr old son just got his check from Oral B today. He even got an email saying that the hiring managers father had passed away. The only questions they ask my son was year, make, model, and mileage on his car….funny thing is my son has no license.

          • Lori says:

            Wrap your Car in an AD for $500 weekly for Oral B Toothpaste.The wrap does not damage car paints.Go to https://oralbwraponline[dot]com/ to apply. Txt STOP to STOP…got this S as t. And filled out the app. What do I do now?

          • Amanda L Grossman says:

            Hi Lori! Don’t cash any check they send, and do NOT send them any money. It’s a scam.

          • PJ says:

            Hi, PJ here Let me tell you of the ORALBWRAPONLINE scam that was tried on me. I received a check for $1200 in the mail,[ I actually receive a total of 3 checks] & I was to deposit it immediately in my bank account & email a copy of my deposit to [email protected] & immediately call SMS 832 905 9379..[ it was a cashiers ckeck just like the one shown earlier] I called GEORGIAS OWN CREDIT UNION,& they told me the check was no good. Now i just wonder if I will have to pay income tax on these illegal checks

          • Ange says:

            Sure Amanda , what do you need ? What happened Jerrie?

      • Mary p says:

        I got a check that looks exactly as the above example. I was offered $200 per week.

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      • Josh Martin says:

        I received that same check this past Monday.. SMDH

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      • Amanda L Grossman says:

        Argh, Jerrie! I’m sorry to hear this. I just updated the article with a new section to help: “How to Report Car Wrap Scam Emails and Text Messages”.

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      • Christe says:

        Im glad im doing my research now. I got a msg from oral b i read it but didnt commit to anything and I just received a chech yesterday for $1,320.76

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    • KISHA KOONCE says:

      I seen a commercial on tv about put a Xerox sign on my window and get paid $500 a week. Wondering if anyone have seen or heard of this company

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      • Steven says:

        I actually recieved a cashiers check from the same company you mentioned. Funny thing is the next day I recieved another check both in the amount of $2650.00 and they both seem very legit and so did the mail package it was delivered in. I also got a text from a guy…listing he worked at.. bla blah company.. no need to blast a good business name bcuz a scammer used it. I am grateful for warnings on the web like this saved my bank account.Be wary of any check sent in these type amounts..

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