Car wrap scams on the rise

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by Meredith Yeomans

azfamily.com

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- Catherine Day is saving money any way she can, from her electricity bill to switching to generic dog food.

“I expect to lose my house in a few months if things don’t turn around,” she said.

Day has been out of work for 10 months, and says she's doing everything she can to find a new job.

"Applying for jobs constantly, you know, up to 20 a week and you get no response,” she said.

But Day thought things might turn around when she received an email telling her she could earn $650 a week just by agreeing to have her SUV wrapped with an advertisement.

“You get in those spots where you kind of get hopeless, and thought, maybe it’s a good idea, maybe it’s for real,” Day said.

The money was supposed to cover the cost of having her SUV wrapped in a vinyl ad for Monster Energy drink. Day thought it was the perfect idea for easy money.

“That means my house payment is paid and my utilities are paid,” she explained.

All along, though, Day was suspicious that the offer was a scam, and asked 3 On Your Side to look into it.

We contacted Monster Energy drink, and despite fairly legitimate looking emails that Day received, Monster tells 3 On Your Side that it is indeed a scam, and it turns out, car wrap scams are making the rounds.

The Better Business Bureau has warned consumers to stay away from phony offers that appear to be from big-name companies like Monster Energy because con-men will send you a bad check, ask you to wire back a portion of it, and before the bank finds out, the money is gone.

Luckily for Day, she isn't out any money, but says scams like these are a just a waste of time.

“It is discouraging,” Day said.

As for her job search, she says she's keeping faith that her luck will turn around soon.

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