BBB Amarillo has been receiving calls from area residents about being contacted to wrap their car with name brand products and get paid for it.
Here's how the scam works:
Consumers are offered money in exchange for allowing advertising to be placed on their vehicle to promote Rock Star Energy Drink or other name brand products. They received a check for $2,850 (or a similar amount) with instructions to keep a small portion and use the balance to pay for wrapping you car with the advertisement.
Other brand names such as Monster Energy Drink and Kentucky Fried Chicken have been bogusly used in this scam.
BBB has yet to establish contact with the producer of Rock Star Energy Drink. However, the California-based Monster Energy Company has confirmed they do not engage in any type of advertising on privately owned vehicles.
The FTC offers tips on this scam and more information at www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/rap-car-wrap-scams.
1. If someone urges you to wire money, its probably a scam. Con artists often insist that people wire money because its nearly impossible to reverse the transaction and follow the money.
2. Don't send money to someone you don't know, either in cash or through a wire transfer service. Consider using a payment option that provides protection.
3. Don't agree to deposit a check from someone you don't know and then wire money back. No matter how convincing the story, it's a lie.
4. Don't respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial information, regardless of whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text, or an ad.
Should you get an offer that requires you to deposit a check and wire money back: