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BBB: Don’t Get Wrapped Up In Jobs Too Good To be True

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Officials say Maria Stroud almost found out the hard way some jobs are too good to be true. Officials say Maria Stroud almost found out the hard way some jobs are too good to be true.

Imagine getting paid to drive your own car.

A recent listing on Craigslist promised just that, and so Maria Stroud emailed her resume and vehicle information to a company called Auto Wrap Advertising.

Stroud was hired instantly to have her Jeep transformed into a rolling billboard for an undisclosed brand.

“I understood I was going to have to go get it wrapped, but they were going to pay for it."

The company also promised Stroud $400 a week.

Before doing anything else, Stroud began receiving multiple checks.

Within less than a month, she was sent more than $8,000 when she was only expecting $1,400.

Stroud says $1,000 was going to pay for the vehicle wrap and the remaining $400 would be her first paycheck from Auto Wrap Advertising.

That was one of only many red flags.

Stroud says the four checks were all in different amounts, some from different banks and signed by people she didn’t know.

The addresses on the checks also didn’t match any of the return addresses on the envelopes she received.

“So that was a big, big thing,” Stroud said.

She hasn’t been told yet what to do with any of the checks. Stroud thinks the company is still under the impression that she has not returned from vacation.

But really, Stroud says she needed time to investigate.

She met with Vee Daniels, president of the Better Business Bureau in Greenville for help.

“We see a lot of scams where they are actually sending you a check and it's for more than they told you it was going to be for,” says Daniels, “and they want you to send it back to them.”

Reports of this kind of job posting, involving money to drive a car wrapped in ads has been happening across the country for years, according to Daniels.

She believes Stroud would have likely been told to deposit the checks then wire it to a place that would supposedly wrap her vehicle. Whether that place even exists is unknown.

“Nobody wants to be used,” says Stroud, “you just got to be careful nowadays."

Stroud doesn’t plan on cashing the checks, but she will hold on to them as a reminder: some jobs are too good to be true.

The BBB has some advice to help you avoid becoming a victim:

Be wary of wiring money. Once it has been wired or transferred, it is difficult to get back.

Research the company. Before cashing a check from a company or disclosing personal information, find out where it is located and who owns it.

Check out the company. Do a quick online search to verify the company’s information. The Better Business Bureau and Department of Consumer Affairs will be able to tell you if they've had any complaints.

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