January 27, 2014
Money Scam- I feel compelled to share this urgent news as I was approached and avoided the plunder. In an era where technology, social media and the need for money is prevalent it is also an opportune time for fraud. The latest scam that I had the pleasure of resisting is the Monster Energy Drink car wrap scam. This scheme is not be new but it is reaching out to others who may not be aware so watch out!
The initial contact is made by a nice long invitation from a Gmail email account with a first, last name or blend to provide connection such as, Royp7989@gmail.com. The invitation is pleasing and appealing as they offer a monthly fee of $300 a week to you without any contribution on the invitees part from a reputable company, Monster Energy Drink.
The email says that as Monster advertises using a unique marketing, the car wrap. The car wrap allows the company to be seen on the vehicles in everyday life. Further, they state that they will pay your for the privileged to advertise. This is the sticky wicket as they say that after receiving a check from them (Monster) you must wire $1,200 to some name that seems as a blend of vowels to Hyattsville, Maryland.
The task is to be done twice, wire through Western Union and then again through MoneyGram. This would appear to be money laundering using the wiring systems to send money by unassuming persons to the alphabet soup recipient in Hyattsville. Now again, this scam may use Hyattsville this time but as this scam resurfaces the wire may be requested to be sent to another city. They get your to commit three crimes:
- Wire Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Overdraft of your account
The ruse is that the check is fraudulent despite it was written from Capital One and will clear as if legitimate. The bank can call to clear the check and it will pass initial muster but in the end the check will be found illegitimate.
The risk is that by the time you finally find out the check is fraudulent you have unwittingly wired funds you are now on the hook to replace. Moreover, never mix these checks in your funds. There may be more to the story than we know.
Beware of company invitations. These culprits seem professional but there is a new way to steal your money.