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Get Paid to Drive Your Car?

Get Paid to Drive Your Car? - The Beacon


By: Amanda

Get Paid to Drive Your Car?

Wouldn’t you like to get paid for driving your car to work or on daily errands?  That is the basis for a new work-at-home offer being made to consumers across the U.S. Car wraps are a way for businesses to use a vehicle to advertise on their products.  While there are companies that do this type of advertising, there are also people willing to take advantage of these offers. 

According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center and a few calls we’ve had here, the initial contact for the offer has been through a Craigslist ad or email.  They typically use the names of popular energy drinks (Monster, Rockstar or Red Bull) as the company looking to advertise on your car; however, there have been reports of individuals using the names of Coca-Cola, Heineken Co and Carlsberg beer as well.  They offer to pay you between $300 and $600 a week in exchange for driving around with the advertising wrapped around your vehicle.  Once you accept their offer, they send you a check for a few thousand dollars, ask you to cash the check, keep your pay, and wire the rest to the person who is going to wrap your car. 

However, in the cases being reported, the offer is not valid, the check bounces, you end up owing the bank, and the person who made the offer gets away with the wired money. We’ve spoken to at least two consumers in the Tri-State area in regards to this scheme.  One of them had received the offer and was checking on it with us, the other person was not so lucky and now owes the bank $1700.

If you receive an offer similar to this, do your homework and ask questions.  Remember that wiring money is like sending cash, once it is sent, it is difficult to retrieve.  As always, keep in mind, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  If you have fallen victim to this scheme, you may file a complaint with IC3 and your attorney general.

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Amanda is the Director of Bureau Affairs and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.