I’m surprised to see there are still new scams popping up regarding getting paid to drive. We covered this almost two years ago and it seems people are still falling victim to these types of scams.
There are real companies that do pay people to wrap their car, but they have very specific requirements that you probably don’t meet. They most certainly do not blindly send out emails to millions of people either. If someone contacts you telling you they want to wrap your car, they’re most likely trying to sell you a list of companies that will be of no use to you.
I’ve Tried That reader Deborah sent the following email in this morning…
Sent: 2/22/2010 2:36:05 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: MAKE MONEY BY SIMPLY DRIVING YOUR CAR
MAKE MONEY BY SIMPLY DRIVING YOUR CAR
ADVERTISER WANTED FOR HOLMES&SELLERS
EARN NO LESS THAN $150 WEEKLY TO ADVERTISE ON YOUR CAR.
It is Very Easy and Simple
No Application fees required
How it works Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: HOLMES&Sellers seeks people — regular citizens, not professional drivers — to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “HOLMES&SELLERS” 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 and 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 and can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.
You will be compensated with a $200 (Two hundred dollars per Week),which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space.HOLMES&SELLERS shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.You will receive an up front payment of $400 (Four hundred dollars) inform of check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also come in the form of checks and delivered at your address weekly.
What you need to do is to contact the email below email@example.com
The following information below will be needed
Make of car/ year:
Phone Number(s) mobile/home :
We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive these information, HOLMES&SELLERS looks forward to working with you.
The biggest red flag from this email is company Holmes & Sellers. Yes, they do exist, but they are a real estate company based out of the UK. Why would a UK real estate agency be paying us yanks to drive around cars with their advertisement on it? Spoiler alert! They aren’t. Dave Brown is just using their namesake to lure you into sending him money. It’s incredible how much you can learn with just one Google search.
I wanted to have some fun with this guy and waste his time a bit, but it was impossible to get in contact with him, despite there being 3 contact email addresses listed. I sent out emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org but haven’t heard anything yet. He’s not exactly the world’s most efficient scammer.
Don’t bother with paid to drive offers. It’s not worth your time or money.