Car wrap scam? A Moore Haven woman alerts others
A Moore Haven woman was looking to make some extra cash, but now she has a warning for others. Video by fox4now.comvideo
MOORE HAVEN, Fla.- Look to earn some money? How about getting paid $300 a week just to drive around a car with an advertisement? For one Moore Haven woman it sounded like a great deal, but it was a mistake that could have cost her thousands.
Like many people today, Deanna Mitchell needed to earn some extra cash and she thought she found just the answer.
"The ad said have your car wrapped and make $300 a week."
She says the online ad claimed to be with well-known energy drink brands like XS Energy and Monster. She could make money by driving around her car wrapped with the company's advertisements. After emailing back and forth she was sent a check.
The check was for nearly $1,900. She was told to take $300 as payment and wire the rest to a graphic design company responsible to fix up her car, but red flags were flying.
"I noticed there was a digit missing in the zip code on the check and in each area of the check had different type of fonts," said Mitchell.
After depositing the check, her bank said it was phony and never put it in her account. Deanna wants to warn others.
"What was your reaction when she told you the check was fake?" I asked.
"I freaked. I got upset. I thought my account was going to be snatched up and I was going to be responsible for $2,000 dollars."
Fox 4 reached out to the energy drink companies to see if they have heard about this. We are waiting to hear back, but an article on scam-detector.com warns others about the same thing.
"They're using well-known companies like Monster, and it's false advertisement for one."
Fox 4 also reached out to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and a spokesperson told us they were looking into this.