Local woman loses $2,000 in car wrap scam

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wichita, Kan. -- Who couldn't use a little extra cash? Well one scam going around offers you $500 a week just to drive around.

Business owner Audrey Johnson is used to rough patches. Last year, a car crashed in to the front of her dog grooming business in Newton.

"That was the worst and the slowest too I would say,” business owner Audrey Johnson said.

It took more than six months to build back up her clientele but she says now that winter's around the corner, business is slow again.

"It's cold, not everybody likes to get their dog shaved and stuff,” Johnson said.

So when she saw an email offering her $500 a week just to drive around, she was eager to earn a little extra.

According to the email, all Johnson had to was allow her car to be wrapped with an advertisement for a real and well known energy drink.

“I mean it all looked good, it looked professional, it had the name of the name of the energy drink it had all their information,” Johnson said.

Once Johnson agreed, she received a check for $2500. The deal was she could keep $500 and wire the rest to the graphic artist who would then come out and wrap her car. She deposited the check, wired the money, but then the check bounced.

"The next day I was going to pay my electric bill and there was no money in there,” Johnson said.

The Better Business Bureau warns the car wrap scam has been around for at least a year. To make their offers more believable, the scam artists always use real company names.

Audrey Johnson is out more than $2,000 now.

"That's a lot, that was my security blanket,” Johnson said.

She says she's learned to be less trusting and warns others to do the same.

Although there are companies who pay people to drive around with wrapped cars, the Better Business Bureau says any time you are sent a check, asked to deposit it and write a check to someone else, it is almost always a scam.

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