How the scam works.
You are contacted by an individual via email, text or you find an advertisement about earning money by shrink wrapping your vehicle with an advertisement for a major company.
The suspect tells you that they will send you a check for a couple hundred dollars but when the check arrives it is for several thousand.
The suspect then tells you to deposit the full amount in your account and then wire most of the money to the company that will wrap your vehicle.
Weeks after you wire the money the check bounces and your bank tells you that it was a fake check. Now you are on the hook for the money that you wired, and you must pay back your bank.
How to keep from being a victim.
Trust your gut feeling, if it sounds too good to be true then it is.
If a company or anyone sends you more money than what you are expecting and then they ask you to wire the money back to them or to another person, it is most likely a scam.
Check the internet. You should do your research about the company or the deal that they are offering. A good place to find out about scams is the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, or the Texas Attorney Generals Office.
Federal Trade Commission
Texas Attorney General Office
What to do if you are a victim.
If you are a victim be sure to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department so that a report can be generated to document the crime.
Corpus Christi Police Department
You can also file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.