This job sounds almost too good to be true. Who wouldn’t want to make some extra cash by doing what they’re going to do anyway? This is one of the latest scams on the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) website.
The scam begins when you see an online ad to earn money by letting a well-known brand put a vinyl decal on your car. The online ad says you’ll earn $400-$600 per week just for driving your car. The next step is for you to provide your personal and vehicle information.
Once the scammers have your contact information, they send you a check or money order for more than the amount you were supposed to receive. In order to “pay back” the overage, victims are given instructions to cash the check and wire transfer the excess funds back to the person who supposedly created the decal.
The check you received, of course, was bogus. The check, once cashed, becomes untraceable. The crooks get the money you wired to them and you get stuck paying the bank’s losses.
The IC3 pointed out that there are legitimate offers of this type, but there are also many people who fall victim to fraud after responding to this type of online ad.