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Thursday, 15 May 2014

"Advertising for Red Bull (Energy Drink)" car wrap scam

This spam does not come from Red Bull or anybody related to them:

From:      RED-BULL CARADVERT
Reply-To:      rolandbest196@gmail.com
Subject:      Advertising for Red Bull (Energy Drink) 05/13 /2014

Hello,

We are currently seeking to employ individualÃÔ world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car advertising for RED BULL.

How it works?

HereÃÔ the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: RED BULL seeks people -- regular citizens,professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for "RED BULL" 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.

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it's a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is 1 month.

You will be compensated with $300 per week which is essentially a "rental"payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you RED BULL shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $300 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

It is very easy and simple no application fees required contact email along with the following you are interested in these offer.
rolandbest195@gmail.com

Full Name:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip code:
Country:
Make of car/ year:
Telephone numbers:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

Kind Regards
Roland Best
Hiring Manager,
Red Bull™
It's a scam.. but what is the scam exactly? The whole process is nicely detailed here, but essentially the scammers send you a fake cheque ("check" I in the US) as payment. This cheque includes an amount that you are meant to pay the "graphic artist" for the work needed to create the wrap. Of course, once you have sent your own money to the "artist" (in reality a scam artist) then the fake cheque will be rejected, and you will end up out of pocket (and possibly in trouble with the police or bank for fraud).

The overpayment scam is a common one, and it is used in all sorts of different set-ups. If anyone sends you a cheque and then asks you to pay it in and forward some of the money elsewhere then you can almost guarantee that someone is trying to rip you off.

5 comments:

Brandon Caughy said...

It looks like another one of these scams are going around with Nokia Lumia

Larry Collins said...

Yes, the Nokia Limia Scam is similar and entices you with $400 a week. 345345

Vic Mangney said...

Thanks for your comments. Ive been contacted by a "Larry Collins" about the Nokia program. Waiting on my "Check" right now. Glad I saw your comments. Larry, I guess you should be flattered they used your name.

Michael May said...

okay my mom just got a call from the bank they sent her 4500 dollars and wanted her to wire 4100 dollars back to them she said no untill the check clears but the terms were for her to be able to use 400$ from that she withdrew it. Now her bank says the check bounced for insufficiant funds and they now closed her account. Shes in fear of being in trouble with the law and not being able to get her check from work i need some advise from anyone who could help or shed light on the situation. Thanks

Conrad Longmore said...

@Michael: At least she didn't send the whole amount else she would have a much bigger problem.

My only advice is to print out the whole correspondence to show to the bank to explain the situation. Finding $400 to pay in would probably help.