Is vehicle wrapping offer a scam?

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX  -- A Valley woman thought she had come across a great job opportunity . But then she found out that it was a scam.

Like many of us, Lea Rogers is looking for ways to make a little extra cash. So, she turned to the internet. "I had signed up for a bunch of survey offers. You know, like surveys at home," Rogers tells 3 On Your Side.

And that's when Lea receive an email offer from Monster Energy Drink, which is a huge company.

Monster asked Rogers, "Would you wrap your car with our ad for $300 weekly?" Of course, Rogers said absolutely, because it was easy money.

"If you're getting $1,200 a month, I mean, who wouldn't think that's a great idea especially since I have three jobs, and that would cut out one, maybe two, so I wouldn't have to work as hard. Very appealing,"she says.

Wrapping your car is fairly popular these days. It means putting a plastic coating with a company's business and logo around your entire vehicle. As you drive around on your daily errands, your vehicle automatically as a driving billboard.

Rogers accepted the offer and then, she received a Fed Ex package with a check for $2,330.

"Wow," Rogers thought. $2,330 in advance. She thought this gig was going to be better than she had first imagined.

However, she couldn't keep all the money.  She was instructed to keep just $300 for her first week and then forward the rest to the graphic artist who would make the plastic coating to wrap her car.

"This is supposedly the first payment with the $300 I'm supposed to take out and the rest is supposed to cover the auto body wrap."

Rogers went on to say, "They were asking that I MoneyGram or wire this to their headquarters."

But, Rogers was suspicious, and wondered why a company would send her so much money and actually trust her with that much in advance.

So, she contacted 3 On Your Side.  "I can't afford to do anything that's going to take away money. I need to be putting money in my account, not taking out," she says.

3 On Your Side has exposed this scam numerous times. Consumers like Rogers would deposit the check, wire money to the so-called graphic artist, and by the time her bank discovers the check is worthless 3 days later, the scammer has already received the money. The bank then holds Rogers accountable, meaning she is out the entire $2,330.

Monster sent 3 On Your Side an email when we told them about Rogers.  The email confirmed: "This is in fact a scam."

Rogers says she's thankful she didn't fall for it, and hopes this story helps others who are looking to make a little extra money.

"That would make me feel really good that not only did I stop the stupid idiots from doing this to somebody else but I really want to humiliate the crap out of these people!" she says.

3 On Your Side always advises to never wire money to someone you don't know.  Remember our motto:  "If they ask you to wire, then they're a liar."  That means if you're ever asked to wire or transfer money, you're being scammed.