Get Paid to Drive Around!!! What a deal…NOT

Today I got this interesting email that sounded like a quick, easy way to get paid $500 a week for just driving my car.   Here it is:

Hello,

We Advertise company products on cars, Vans, Trucks, e.t.c (Car Wrap) So, car owners can make money from wrap advertisement.  However, We are mostly looking for people who drive on regular basis,if you are qualified and you drive to work or if you drive for fun, then vehicle wrap advertisement is for you.

Please send us an email with your name, city you live in, car make and year.  Compensation:  $500 weekly payment.  Looking forward to doing business with you.  Send all Automobile details to:  David.Fisher@carwrapadvertisement.com.

First clue this is a scam:  poorly written and incorrect grammar.  Does not sound very professional does it?  Secondly, why would a stranger pay me…a stranger…to advertise their product.  What if I am a terrible driver and people cuss at me on the road?  Would not be a favorable impression of whatever product my car is advertising.

In doing a bit of research, this is a rather new email scam, but the bottom line is that in some form or fashion they will be asking me to wire money.  The reports I read state that the scammers send you a large cashier’s check and you are to wire back the difference.  Of course, the cashier’s check will be fake and you will have to pay back the money the bank gives you.

Two big red flags that are common in every scam: 1) it is too good to be true; and 2) you NEVER pay money to get money.  Best advice, just DELETE!

Barbara Parrott McGinity, LMSW

UPDATEI sent an email asking how does the program work and I received the reply below.  Can you point out the verbage that tells you this is coming from overseas and is written by someone who is not a native English speaker.

First, you once again notice the capitalization errors.   Notice the use “advert.”  Americans do not use the term “advert,” we say “ad” when talking about advertisements. 

Then this is for a company that makes biscuits?  When do we use the term “biscuit” when talking about cookies?  Then finally, poor grammar and sentence construction.

Be smart and notice the patterns and always delete these email offers…as they are too good to be true!

“Thanks Barbara.
Our company is one of the most innovative Advertising agencies with clients all over the world.We have a target to advertise so many products for a number of companies mostly in USA,as a whole and we also have representatives in this regions.

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 and eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,this means people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside.

We work as an advertising agent and we will be doing the advert for the new company which will be producing biscuit which includes cookies, crackers, and cereals. The advert will be a small sticker which will be placed on your car and we need someone in your state who will be dedicated to doing this and be rest assured you will be paid promptly.

However,We are mostly looking for people who drive on regular basis,if you are qualified and you drive to work or if you drive for fun, then vehicle wrap advertising is for you.

This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

We shall provide experts that will handle the advert placement on your car. You will receiving a weekly payment of $500 and this payment will be sent as an upfront payment to you for allowing us place the advert on your car.

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