Another Way to Rip Us Off

One day last week, Scam Squad received a call from two women who wanted to confirm something that was received in an e-mail.  The e-mail was sent to one of the women from someone who said, something like this:

Are you interested in earning money while you drive your car around?  It’s very simple.  Respond to this e-mail and you will receive $1000 to be deposited into your bank account and a decal to display on your car.

So, the gimmick is to deposit the check and take $500 dollars as the initial commission payment.  The remaining money was to pay for the decal that would be sent to her.  Once, the decal was in place, they would pay her commission for advertising their product.
The Scam Squad SAV who took the call asked what company would she be advertising for? This sounded fishy and too good to be true.  The woman said she was told it would be for Samsung.  On hearing this, it confirmed the SAVs initial concern.  Why would a large company, as large and well-known throughout the world, pay to have a decal of their company placed on cars for the purpose of advertising?

This is what could have happened should the woman had gone along with the offer.  She would have deposited the money in her bank account as instructed and would have taken out the $500.  Then she would have followed through with sending the money to pay for the decal.  Then the bank would have notified her a week or so later, that the check was not good.  The money she took out for herself came out of her own funds, and she paid for the decal also from her own funds.  It was lucky the women called to verify.

That’s what we do.  We research and stay up on the latest scams so that we can help people identify scams and prevent them from falling victim to the many scams going around.

If you have any concerns, questions, or incidents you want to report to Scam Squad, we are here for you.  Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Call us directly to 520-351-6715.  If you’ve been a victim of fraud (lost money), please report it to the Sheriff’s Department at 520-351-4900. 

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