Barracuda Labs Reports About Auto Wrap Scam
According to Barracuda Labs researchers, a noticeable growth has been seen in the volume of a long-running scam which uses bogus e-mails. The “proposition” is about promising weekly payments in exchange for the right to wrap the one’s car advertising popular products like Coca-Cola, Budweiser or Monster Energy Drink.
If you decide to follow the offer (and you should NOT), you’ll be asked to forward the check of a certain amount via Western Union to the person who’ll apply the decal to your car.
The scam letter declares:
Monster Energy Drink seeks people – regular citizens, licensed 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.
Every received e-mail with Western Union “propositions” should be considered as highly suspicious. Please do remember that money you sent via Western Union can be picked up anywhere in almost any country, however the company gives no alternative if the payment was approached in a fraudulent way.
So if you send the check, that would be a waste of money and the check sent to you would be counterfeit.