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Get Paid to Drive Your Car?

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.

For more information you can trust, visit evansville.bbb.org.

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Amanda

Amanda is the Director of Investigations & Information Services 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.

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27 responses to “Get Paid to Drive Your Car?”

      • i was offered something like this but they did not ask me to wire the money, they did say they were going to send a check for 987$ i keep $500 and give the rest to the guy who puts the sticker on… so should i get my bank to make sure the check is real before i do anything with it?

        • Yes, you can ask your bank whether the funds exist in the account or not, but be advised that it does take a while for a check to clear so even if there is money currently, there may not be later. Again, you may be liable for any insufficient funds fees and for any funds that you have spent in the meantime. Also of note, find out if the individual or company they say is going to put the sticker or wrap on your car is local and whether or not they have a Business Review with the BBB. You may also wish to contact the company (whoever the “sticker” is going to advertise) directly to see if they have a program like this, and if so, are they recruiting in your area.

        • Do not do this!!! You won’t be wiring “the person putting the decal on” you are actually wiring the scammer your own money! Because that check they send you will not go through and you will be held responsible for the money.

    • If you believe you have a fake check, you can report it to the Postal Inspector (if it came by mail). You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission. You can also shred the document.

  1. im dealing with them right now and if it help in something here is the info they being leting me have till now is an email —:secure payment inc,—and another one is payverify@yahoo— the phone numbers are 361-371-2535 and an adress to send the money orders is 1923 mary ave Laurel MS. zip 39440 under the name of Melvin Scruggs ……wich i google it and is a website of a tax preparing guy in that town just with other adress so they are getting peoples taxes too were is the FBI CIA or at least local police ???????? right now is perfect time to get them im leting them think that i am waitin for the bank to cash the check
    :

  2. This is what I got recently from someone supposedly at Monster Drink company. Is this legit or are they fishing for my information?

    Hello,

    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Monster Energy
    Drink® seeks people — regular citizens, licensed drivers to go about their
    normal routine as they usually do, only with an 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. Monster Energy Drink® will provide experts that would
    handle the advert placing on your car. Also, you will receive an up front
    payment of $300 in form of check via courier service for accepting to carry
    this advert on your car. It is very easy and simple no application
    fees required. If interested, please reply with the following details
    below.

    Applicant information:
    Name :
    Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
    APT #:
    City,State,Zip Code:
    Cell Phone Number:
    Home Phone Number:

    Best Regards,
    Paul Alrafi,

    • We’ve heard of these car wrap schemes using the names of Monster and Red Bull, among others. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you for sure what is going on in this particular case. You may wish to contact Monster directly on their social media pages or at their address or phone which is shown on their website. Also, you might want to check the email address of the person that sent it to you, does it look like it came from Monster? Are any other emails in the “To” field? Did you inquire about a position like this online? If the email you received was unsolicited or if any other red flags pop up, the email might just be phishing for your information. Good luck and Be careful!

    • I’m interested in this car wrap my number is ********** please contact me asap. …..I would love to work for you as soon as possible. ….
      Lacy ****** walter
      ***** ***** *** *****, OR, *****
      I’m a homemaker
      And in always need of extra money
      I drive a 2002 Chevrolet lumina
      And I go a lot of places so advertising wouldn’t be a problem

      • Unfortunately, Ms. Walter, the car wraps discussed in this blog were scams. While their may be legitimate operations like that out there, if they ask for money upfront or offer to pay you by check and ask you to wire money someone, those are signs that the offer may not be genuine. If you receive an offer like this, we suggest that you confirm with the company directly to be sure the offer is in fact genuine. Don’t use a number provided to you by the individual who made that offer either. Find the number for the corporation and speak to someone directly.

    • Hello. i am very interested in doing this. If it s not a scam and is real and legit i would like to get started on it bbut first who do i talk to, Their name and phone number.
      No emails back and forth, or texting i need to talk to someone that is human

      bbooz2011@gmail.com

  3. Red Bull’s website indicates these are scams. Here’s the link:
    http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Sample-Scam-Emails/001243130610396

    This is the email I received 2/27/15:

    We are CAPRICORN ADVERTISING http://www.netcapricorn.com an advertising agent for Red Bull Energy Drink. We are recruiting interested people willing to participate in Red Bull Energy Drink Pay-To-Drive Program

    You will be compensated with a $450 payment per week, which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our client use your car’s exterior surface for advertisement. We shall provide car wrap experts that would handle the advert placing on your car, we meet you in your address and also remove it at the end of the program.

    If you are interested in participating in this program, below information are required. Email me via below contact for prompt communication

    Full Name:
    Address Apt:
    State
    City:
    Zip code:
    Email Address:
    Cell Phone :
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Make of car/ year:

    Best Regards

    Rachel Emerson
    HIRING MANAGER
    reachelemerson13@gmail.com

    About this group:
    Red Bull Energy Drink Pay-To-Drive Program!
    Accept This Invitation

  4. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking and I just gave all my personal information to a company that I thought was Coca Cola. This was for a car wrap. What do I do? I am so scared and I swore this would never happen to me. It really seemed so legit. I feel so helpless right now. Please help.

    • We received your comment about giving your personal information to a company for a car wrap. If you just gave them your name and address, you are probably ok as that can be found in any phone book; but you would still want to monitor your accounts closely and pull your credit report on occasion to make sure nothing suspicious shows up. (You can pull one from each of the three credit bureaus once every twelve months so you may wish to pull one every four months just to be sure.) However, if you gave them your social security number or bank account numbers and are certain the offer was a scam, you may wish to take some action. To confirm, you may wish to contact Coca-Cola directly. Their website contains a number of ways to contact them: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/contact-us/.

      If you find out that it was in fact, not Coca-Cola who contacted you and you provided your social security number, contact the credit bureaus and let them know about the situation. You may want to consider a credit freeze to avoid credit taken out in your name. If you gave any bank account or credit card information out, you may wish to contact the bank or credit card company to inform them of the situation, and then monitor those accounts very closely for unauthorized activity. If you’ve already wired money, see if it has been picked up. If it has not yet been picked up, you may be able to retrieve it. Unfortunately, if it has been picked up, it is most likely gone. You may also wish to file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (ic3.gov) and the attorney general’s office.

  5. Here is what I received today from a very busy car wrap advert, of course I have not responded to them and will share this info with anyone and everyone I can find….be wary of the man in the long coat!

    —–Original Message—–
    From: ******* ******** [mailto:***********@gmail.com]
    Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2015 5:24 PM
    To: ME
    Subject: Re: Learn more

    Dear Applicant,
    Sorry for my late response, we have to collate all the interested parties emails and reach out to them together, that is why the response to you have been slow, your car has been chosen for the advertisement. It is very easy and simple, no application fees required, this is how it works; the basic premise of the “paid to drive concept”Monster Energy Drink” seeks people, regular citizens, professional drivers, and all car owners above eighteen(18) years old,to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with an advertisement for “Monster Energy Drink” plastered on their cars. The advertisements are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover some portion of your car’s exterior surface.What does the company gain from this type of advertisement strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness; the auto wraps tend to be colorful,eye-catching and attracts lots of attention. Plus, it is a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are stuck in traffic can not take their eyes off the ad vehicle. This program will last for three(3) months and the minimum period you can participate is one(1) month. You will be compensated with Five hundred dollars per Week ($500/week),which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use your car. Monster Energy Drink shall provide detailers that will handle the advert placement on your car, these detailers have been tested and confirmed perfect for the job in order not to leave any damage on your car after the end of the program. There will be no fee for gas since you are not driving to anywhere else apart from your daily routine.Please provide the following information so that we can confirm you for this posting and send you further information;

    Full Name:
    Address:(NOT PO Box)
    City:
    State:
    Zip code:
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Make of car/year:
    Do you have a driver’s license?
    Phone Number(s) mobile and home :
    Email Address:

    We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information,Monster Energy Drink looks forward to working with you.

    Hiring Manager

  6. I answered an add from facebook bout a good supplemental income of 400.00 a wk for 1-3 months to car wrap for Pepsi… Is this a legitimate deal or a scam

    • The tips you see above are about how to avoid scams involving car wrapping. There are some businesses that may be willing to have you advertise on their car. Just keep in mind that if you get offered something like that over the internet, out of the blue, to check it out thoroughly before acting. That includes contacting the company directly to see if the offer is legitimate.

  7. A DAN MILLER ALSO SEND ME A EMAIL ABOUT WORK. I THINK THESE
    PEOPLE SHOULD BE FOUND AND PUT IN JAIL IF THEY ARE PUTTING
    SCAMS OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE , ALSO THE COMPANY SHOULD HAVE SOMEONE CHECKING THE ADS. THANK YOU
    NICOLE SINGER AND DANDANIEL MILLER WERE THE ONES THE SEND THE MAIL WORKING FOR MONSTER ENERY DRINK

  8. after trying for several days to contact someone at a company of website, re:paid to drive concepts, i contacted the postal service and found out the 4,000.00 dollaRS IN checks were infact bogus i repeat NO GOOD!!!do not put these checks into your bank and then wire someone money.

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