Red Bull advertising offer is a scam

A new scam offers victims the chance to earn $600 a week by putting Red Bull advertising on their cars.

“We are currently seeking to employ individuals world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car advertising for RED BULL.”

These messages don’t come from Red Bull. If you get an email claiming to be from Red Bull that’s offering you an attractive advertising deal, delete it. It sounds like a sweet deal, but this scam is run by criminals.

How it works

The con artists send you a check written for way more than you expected, instructing you to deduct your fees plus those needed for the car wrap and then send them a check for the rest. But their check is bogus, and you end up losing money and possibly getting in trouble with the police.

In general, be careful with any Internet "work from home" schemes. Many are attempts to get you to launder money for criminals. Don’t give out any personal information to these criminals, and be sure to warn your friends and family.

Questions?

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Learn more

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Published May 19, 2015

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