New Email Scam – Car Wraps

This is probably one of the most obvious scams I’ve seen, but I’m posting it here anyway.

I got an email with this subject: SMIRNOFF LOGO.  The email was from [email protected]  This was the entire body:

 

SMIRNOFF GREEN APPLE MALT BEVERAGE would like to paste our ad on your lovely vehicle while we pay
you $300 every week for that.
Reply if you are interested
I replied and said I was interested.  Later that day I received a response, this one from VEHICLE ADVERT ([email protected]).  Here is the content of that email:
Hello,Thank you for your swift response and your willingness to work with us, Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive.We are currently seeking to employ individual’s world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for our BEER

How it works?
Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Our BEER® seeks people regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert of our BEER plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 6 months and you can decide to extend your contract after the initial 6 months.

You will be compensated with $300 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you. Our BEER® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $300 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car. to this effect you are advise to check your email regularly to get update as to know when your upfront payment will arrive along with Graphic Artist address.

1)   You will receive a Certified Check.  As soon as you receive the check, you will cash the check for the decal wrapping on your car, deduct $300 as your up-front payment. The rest of the funds should be transferred to the Graphic artist that will wrap the decal on your car. All you need is to confirm the acceptance and understanding of this email.

2)  You will make a transfer of funds to the Graphic artist at the nearest western union or moneygram outlet in your area, the Info which you will make the transfer to will be emailed to you soon.

3)  We’ll like to have some Information about your car.

i) Type of Car and Color

ii) Model/Year :

iii) Present Condition and the Mileage:

Note:  Please, confirm that you did receive this message so that we can process funds that would be sent to you for the car advert.

It is very easy and simple,no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in these offer.

Applicant information:

Full Name:
Full Contact Address:
City,State,Zip code
Phone Number:

All other instructions will be sent out to you ASAP.

I……..Confirm to have received this email and understand the content.

Best Regards,
Hiring Manager

There are many ways in which this is a scam.  Random capitalization is always suspect.  Also, they didn’t identify the product, the name of the advertising company or anything.  I emailed back asking for the name of the company I would be working with.  I haven’t heard from them since.
Don’t fall for this.  They will send you a cashier’s check or company check for x amount.  You deposit it and take your “cut” and then they will ask you to wire the rest or mail it someplace.  By the time you do that the original check will be discovered fraudulent and you WILL be on the hook for all of it.
These wrap companies do not contact you randomly.  You must apply with them and they must approve you.  We have two older vehicles and do not travel the area much so we would not benefit companies like these.  Just sent this one to the trash.

Gone to the Dogs

As I wander the house picking up the toys my daughter leaves EVERYWHERE my husband sighs.  “She really needs a dog,” he says.

My daughter loves dogs.  Everywhere we go she exclaims over them, wants to pet them, wants to play with them.

My husband and I both grew up around dogs, and I would love for her to have one.  I’ve even been researching dog news articles and information on the EntirelyPets blog to keep me occupied until we finally move someplace where we can have a dog.  I miss wet noses and big puppy dog eyes.

Google+ Scammer!

 

I got a notification from Google+ today that someone named Nelson David had added me to one of his circles in Google+.   The name was curious to me, as it tends to fit the name type of those Nigerian scammers.  They always seem to have a first name as a last name and last name as a first name.

Here is what his profile header looks like:

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Closer inspection of his profile picture, it looks like this:

neson david

I did a Google search on the picture, and sure enough, it came up on several scammer websites:

Here

Here

And Here

Please note that the guy in the picture is NOT a scammer.  He’s just some poor guy whose picture was stolen to be used by scammers.  Your scammer is most likely not American, probably not white, and definitely not this guy.

He’ll tell you he’s on business in Afghanistan or Ghana or somewhere working.  He either can’t cash his paycheck, or he wants to send you some money to come visit him or something.  I don’t know what the story might be.

Just don’t fall for it.  I blocked him on Google+ and reported the profile as being fake.  Hopefully it will be taken down soon.

 

Easy Baking

I grew up in a large family with a stay at home mom, so money was often at a premium.  As the only girl, I coveted things like an Easy-Bake Oven, but I never got one.

Eight years ago I decided to purchase an Easy-Bake Oven for myself.  I was in my 30s and well able to afford one, so I did.  Then it languished in a storage facility, and I never even opened the box.

We were trying to conceive at the time, and it didn’t work out.  I forgot about the box in storage.  Then we had a baby and moved a lot.

My daughter is 2.5 now and kept bothering me about that crazy pink box in the garage with all of the cookies on it.  I finally dragged it out and opened it up in all its glory.

The original mixes were still in the box but I was scared of them, so I made a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and put some on the regular oven and a few in the Easy Bake Oven.

I don’t really think this is so “easy bake”.  Figuring out how to get the little pans all the way in there so the doors will shut is tough.  Then you have to figure out how to get them out!  And keeping a 2.5 year old from touching the oven is tough, too.

So weird that you can back with a 100 watt bulb!  Then I realized that 100 watt bulbs are soon going to be illegal, so what does that mean for Easy Bake Ovens?

As it turns out the new ones (like this one: Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven) no longer require bulbs to cook.  Maybe I’ll get her a brand new one when she’s older.

No Black Friday for Me, Thanks

Two years ago on Black Friday I was out in the madness of early morning shopping with the female members of my family.  It was fun, but I didn’t get much sleep and had to be up with an infant hours later.  Not easy.

Last year my infant was a toddler and she didn’t sleep most of the night.  She was in a crib in our room at my grandmother’s house, so guess who else didn’t get any sleep?  Female family members went without me.

This year we’re not going anywhere and I just can’t seem to summon the excitement for Black Friday I once had.  Most of the items my family has picked out for Christmas can be purchased online at the same or better prices than I would get waiting in line in the middle of the night.

Maybe I’m just getting older.  Maybe it’s having a toddler who needs me there for her.  I don’t know.  I just know you won’t catch me out in that madness this year.

Shop Around to Save Money

I read an article the other day that talked about a dirty little secret that insurance companies don’t want you to know.  Apparently when they calculate your insurance premium they try to determine how much they can charge before you will go looking for a better premium elsewhere.

I’ve been with my insurance company for insurance for many years.  The premium continues to creep up a few dollars every six months or so, despite the fact that we are older drivers, married, no tickets, no accidents, and our we never file claims on any of our insurance.

If you live in North Carolina you should go to this website – auto insurance and homeowners insurance best rates may be just a click away. Don’t assume your current insurance is giving you a discount for loyalty.

Scammers: Now on Facebook!

Woke up early this morning, no idea why. I was perusing Facebook on my phone and noticed a post in one of my local resale groups that set off alarm bells.  Someone with a very weird looking name had posted an ad selling a pug dog.  The warning bells went off for me because:

1.  The cadence of the words in the post seemed off.

2.  The name of the person was odd – not in any discernible way, it just seemed like a scammer name.

3.  There was no sob story about why the dog needed to be sold or rehomed.

Several people had commented on the post because the dog was a-fricki-dorable.  I posted a warning that I thought it might be a scam. By the time I got to my laptop to search the pictures the post was gone.  I decided to send an email to the original poster (it was easy to remember) and then do a little more research.  Here’s what I found:

4.  The email address (the portion before the @) was linked via Google search to a Facebook profile that is someone very obviously not in the same country as me, much less the same city.

5.  The Facebook profile of the person who posted was linked to 89 Facebook groups, all of them resale groups of one type or another in various cities around the country.

6.  While I was researching the person on Facebook the profile just POOF – disappeared.

The person who posted the listing has been in touch with me via email and informed me that her sick husband is in the hospital in someplace called Kirk wall?  No idea what that is.  BUT she is willing to send the dog to me via pet transport, at my expense, of course.  Apparently the cost to transport will be $120 and she wants my home address, etc. to arrange the transport.  Good way to get someone to come to my house and rob me, right?

In any case, these are the names and emails associated with the scam post:

Paulson Nuel (the Facebook profile that disappeared)

Chia Valdano (Messi Valdano) (the Facebook profile associated with the email address)

[email protected]  – please do not email this person. This person is a scammer.

And here is a picture of the dog in question, just in case someone does an image search instead.

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Don’t get scammed!

UPDATED (10:47 am): I had several lively exchanges with Chia Valdano about the dog.  She insisted that she needed my name, address, phone number and email address and she would “take care of registration” and then make arrangements for payment of the transport.

I came back once asking her to give me the location of the dog and that I would arrange for transport since she was caring for her sick husband.  No response.  I then sent another email asking her if we could just come see and pick up the dog, and I would pay her $120 cash as long as the dog and my daughter got along well.  No response.  She had been responding right away but it has been about 3 hours and I sent her an email asking if she still plans to sell me the dog, but no response yet.  I also sent another query to her from another email address and there has been no response to this one either.  I guess she got tired of me making it difficult for her.  Either that or it was past her bedtime in Nigeria.

Christmas is WHEN???

Did you know that there are currently only 69 days until Christmas?  I just looked it up and it struck fear into my heart.  I don’t have a Christmas list!  I’ve got to get cracking!

My husband is easy to buy for.  He is a musician and loves music related items so I can just follow this link and buy him pretty much anything from it and he will be thrilled.

I love that he is so easy to shop for. The toddler? Not so much.

Free Mio!

I am addicted to the Mio water enhancers.  I always thought the commercials were stupid but I got a good deal on some a few months back and bought one of each flavor.

I ran out a few days ago but never fear, there is a GREAT deal on the Mio water enhancers at Publix IF your Publix accepts Family Dollar competitor coupons.

Here’s the deal:

Mio Water Enhancers BOGO (through 10/22/14): $3.79 each

Coupon: Family Dollar coupon for Mio Water Enhancers BOGO (change the category to “Beverages” to find it)

Final Cost: 2 for FREE!

Enjoy!

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