GARDINER, Maine — The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation is warning the public of “Car Wrapping” and “Get Paid to Drive” scams.
The schemes involved a promise of considerable money in exchange for having a car “wrapped” with advertising for well-known companies.
In a recent case, a man was victimized after he replied to an email agreeing to have his car wrapped in marketing for an energy drink product.
The victim received an advance payment check from the scammer for more than $2,000, with instructions to make a deposit within 24 hours and sent all but a few hundred dollars to the scammer.
Car wrapping fraud is a little-known variation of scams the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation has dealt with many times in recent years, in which a consumer deposits a large check and “refunds” a portion of the amount to the scammer using the consumer’s own check or other payment mechanism.
When the large deposited check bounces or is otherwise dishonored, the consumer is out the “refund” amount, and may owe fees to his or her own financial institution for depositing a bounced check and/or overdrawing the account once the deposited check is dishonored.