Given the chance, it would be great to make money by driving your car around town with a Monster Energy ad on it.  Scammers are offering this to people today.  Recently there have been Craigslist ads and emails going out to people that look like the following:

Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Monster Energy Drink® seeks people — regular citizens, licensed drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “Monster Energy Drink®” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.
You will be compensated with $300 per week which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you. Monster Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $300 inform of

check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.
It is very easy and simple no application fees required. If interested, please reply with the following details below.

Applicant information:
Name :
Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
APT #:
City,State,Zip Code:
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

Best Regards,
Neil Stevenson,
Monster Energy Drink®

Here is how the scam works:

The scammers promise to pay you a certain amount to “rent” the space on your car, but they send you a check for more than that amount. They tell you to deposit the check, take your share of the money, and wire the rest of it to the company that will wrap your car. Weeks after you wire the money, which could be thousands of dollars, you find out the deposited check was a fake.

It takes only a few days for your bank to make the money available to you, but it can take weeks for your bank to determine that a check is a fake. You are responsible for any check you deposit: when a check turns out to be a fake, you have to pay the bank back.

Here are four tips that will help you avoid this scam:

  1. If someone urges you to wire money to make money, it is a scam.
  2. Don’t send money to someone you don’t know, either in cash or through a wire transfer service. Consider using a payment option that provides protection.
  3. Don’t agree to deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back. No matter how convincing the story, it’s a lie.
  4. Don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial information, regardless of whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text, or an ad.

Should you get an offer that requires you to deposit a check and wire money back:

  • Throw it out.