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Vehicle wrap scams continue

02/24/2021

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott would like to pass on some information about car wrap scams. There have been reports from companies that scammers are using their names to trick people into a car wrap scam. This time, scammers are saying they are major brands like Marlboro or Purell, but this is a scam.
 
How this scam works: scammers send emails, post to craigslist, post to social media, and job boards with messages like "GET PAID TO DRIVE." They offer to pay you up to $700 a week if you will drive around with your vehicle wrapped to advertise a well-known product. The scammers are not really affiliated with the brand, they just want your money.
 
If you message them back, they will send you a check to deposit into your bank account. Then they will say to use some of that money to pay their "decal agent" to put the ads on your car. They will tell you to pay by money order, Walmart money services, or by making a cash deposit directly into the decal agent's bank account, all ways that are hard to cancel or get your money back.
 
The decal agent is really the scammer. And that check you just deposited was more than likely fake which means the money you sent is coming out of your own pocket. So, if you deposited a $1,500 check and sent $500 to the "decal agent," you are out $500 of your own money. Remain vigilant and always be looking for scams that target your pocketbook.
 
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