Jul 22, 2015 3:53 PM
NASHUA - Nashua police are getting the word out tonight about a car-wrapping scam that promises you a lot of money for a little amount of work.
“This is a scheme that we don't commonly see in this area,” said Sgt. Bob Powers of the Nashua Police Department. “It was just brought to our attention recently."
The so-called companies promise you the perfect job and all you need to do is wrap your car as a mobile advertisement.
These ads get other drivers heads to turn but with this rising trend, crooks are now cashing in on it.
They send email or post job postings on Craigslist.
Jeff Hohimer fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
“Got an email saying, hey, how would you like to make 300 bucks a week having your car wrapped,” Hohimer said. ” “I was like I could use $300 a week.”
Here’s how it works.
The company then sends you a check and tells you to deposit it.
Once you deposit the check, they tell you to take your earnings and then send them the rest of the money via Western Union.
But in the end, the check bounces and people like Hohimer are out the money.
The company sent him a check for more than $1,500.
“By that point in time, the scam has then come and gone,” said Sgt. Powers. “It typically does not even make it to the point where their car is wrapped.”
Powers added, “These guys are trying to fly under the radar.”
They didn't fly under our radar.
We checked out one of the many emails. Those emails promised us no gimmicks and that all we had to do was text him.
As for Hohimer, he has advice for anyone who gets one of the emails.
“So don't get sucked in,” he said. “Don't do it. It's a total scam.”
Instead, Hohimer and police say, let the professionals who know what they're doing take on the job.
Police also want you to remember that a major brand wouldn't hire just anyone to wrap their cars.
-Never deposit a check with the intention to wire money back to a business owner. Legitimate businesses do not operate this way. If they are giving you a reason why you need to wire money back it is likely a lie.
-If you are urged by anyone, especially someone you do not know, to wire money or pay with any type of pre-paid card you are likely the target of a scam.
-If you are contacted by anyone requesting you MUST send them money immediately and not to talk to anyone you are likely the target of a scam.
More information about the many common scams can be found via the FBI:
Additionally, searching for ‘internet scams’, ‘online scams’ or ‘phone scams’ using an internet search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing) will yield additional resources and information about scams.
If you feel you have been the victim or target of any type of fraud or scam please contact the Nashua Police Department at 603-594-3500 to report the incident. Additionally, internet scams should also be reported to the Internet Crimes Complaint Center.
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