Scam Alert: Custom Autowrap

A new phishing scam has landed in my email box, and I thought I should share it all with you because it could potential look legitimate.  We’ve all seen cars with advertisements on them, and some people do get paid for putting advertisements on their car.  But it doesn’t happen with an email like this:


We are currently seeking to employ individual’s world wide. How would you liketo make money by simply driving your car advertising for Hennessy, JOHNNIE WALKER, Pepsi, Coke, Apple Product.

How it works

Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive”

Concept: AUTO WRAP seeks people — regular citizens, professional drivers to go
about their normal routine as they usually do, only with an advert for “AUTO
WRAP” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals,
also known as “AUTO WRAP s” that’s 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 WRAP s 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 the use of space. No fee is required from you, “AUTO WRAP” shall
provide experts that would handle the Advert placing on your Car.

After the duration of your services and you want to discontinue, the specialist/
expert shall come again and remove the advert placement on your car with no
traces of ever placing a vinyl decals on your vehicle.

You will receive an up front payment of $400 inform of check via courier
services for accepting to carry this advert on your car. It is very easy and
simple, No application fees required, Contact the E-mail along with the
information’s as requested, if you
are interested in this offer.

Kindly fill this information’s below-

Send the required below Information:

Full Name:
Make of car/ year: 
Exterior Color of Car: 
Zip code: 
Home Phone Number: 
Cell Phone Number:
Email Address:

Please respond only if interested.

-Robert Philips Agent No: 01188

You will be contacted as soon as this information’s is received.

Kind Regards,
Robert Philips
Hiring consultant
Custom Autowrap INC USA

According to the research I’ve done, the “scam” part comes later in the process.  Typically, victims report that they are “overpaid” for their first payment and asked to refund the difference, or asked to pay the graphic artists or car wrapping company with the “overpayment.”  Only later is it discovered that the original check was fraudulent.

This scam has many characteristics of other scams:

  • a “too good to be true” offer,
  • the offer comes from someone you don’t know and is unsolicited,
  • poor grammar in the offer,
  • an overpayment and request for refund or for monies to be forwarded to a third-party

If you ever receive any offers that meet some or all of these characteristics, you should probably just discard them, or at the very least do a lot of research before proceeding.  Scammers are super-tricky, and they are always coming up with new schemes.  vigilance is your best defense!

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Namike

    Being a teller in a major city, I have seen a few of these in action. It’s amazing how people will fall for this, thinking it’s another “get rich quick” scheme. If it’s from the internet, don’t trust it.