SACRAMENTO, Ca., April 16, 2013 – Those seeking extra income through vehicle wrapping opportunities should be wary of job offers requiring upfront payment, Better Business Bureau warns.
A Redding woman contacted BBB after receiving an email offering her the opportunity to wrap her car in advertising for a soft drink company.
“The email offered me $300 a week to have this advertising on my car,” said the woman. “They sent me a check for $2,995, but asked me to wire the majority of the money to an agency to pay for the installation of the advertising on my car.”
When the woman took the check to the bank listed on the check, the bank broke the news that the check was bogus.
“I was looking for a side job and this sounded great,” said the woman. “I’m let down that it wasn’t real.”
In many cases, those affected by this scam are not notified beforehand that the check is not real. Under those circumstances, the check bounces after the money is wired. The person who wired the money is then held responsible for paying back the money to his or her bank.
“Red flags should rise whenever you are asked to send money via wire transfer or pre-paid cards,” said Gary Almond, president of BBB serving northeast California. “Never send money to a third party to complete a job.”
BBB offers the following tips for consumers interested in vehicle wrapping opportunities:
Research the company. Before cashing a check from a company or disclosing personal information, get basic information from the company. Where is it headquartered? Who owns the business? Are there any complaints online?
Be wary of wiring money. Remember that once money has been wired or transferred using a reloadable money card, it is difficult to retrieve.
If it is too good to be true, it probably is. Think job opportunities through. If something sounds suspicious, take the time to investigate further.
For more information on scams or to report a scam, visit necal.bbb.org