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Red Bull Car Adverts Money Laundering Scam

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Email purporting to be from Red Bull offers to pay the recipient for placing Red Bull advertisements on his or her car.

Money Laundering Scam

Brief Analysis

The email is not from Red Bull and the offer of employment is bogus. In fact the message is a scam designed to trick recipients into 'laundering' the proceeds of crime.



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Subject: Advertising for Red Bull (Energy Drink)


We are currently seeking to employ individual’s world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car advertising for RED BULL.

How it works?

Here’s the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: RED BULL seeks people -- regular citizens,professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for "RED BULL" 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 3 months and the minimum you can participate is 1 month.

You will be compensated with $600 per week which is essentially a "rental"payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you RED BULL 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.

It is very easy and simple no application fees required contact email along with the following you are interested in these offer.

Full Name:
Zip code:
Make of car/ year:
Telephone numbers:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

Kind Regards
Mackie Wells
Hiring Manager,
Red Bull™

Detailed Analysis

This email, which claims to be from energy drink company Red Bull, supposedly offers recipients an easy way of making extra income by simply allowing Red Bull advertising to be placed on their cars. According to the message, recipients will be payed $600 per week in exchange for driving around with vinyl advertising signs wrapped around the car. The message asks interested recipients to reply with contact and vehicle details and promises an upfront payment of $300 which will be sent by cheque.

However, the email is certainly not from Red Bull and the supposed offer of employment is entirely bogus. Those who fall for the ruse and apply to take up the "offer" will soon receive a cheque for substantially more than the promised $300 initial fee. Recipients will be instructed to bank the cheque and then deduct $300 and send the remainder to a specified third party via a money transfer service such as Western Union. The scammers will claim that the "extra" money will be to cover bills for other services such as the graphic designers who supposedly created the signs. In fact, the money will be transferred directly back to the criminals who sent the email in the first place.

The cheque will turn out to be forged or stolen. Soon or later, the bank will discover the fraud, but by that time, the victim may well have wired a large amount of money to the criminals. In this way, the criminals effectively convert proceeds from fraudulent cheques into untraceable cash. In other variations of this scam, criminals may transfer funds from hijacked bank accounts directly into their victim's own bank account and again instruct him or her to keep a percentage and wire the remainder.

Eventually, the police will follow the money trail directly to the victim's door. Meanwhile, the scammer will have absconded with his ill-gotten gains leaving the victim "holding the basket" so to speak. Such job related laundering scams are commonly used by Internet criminals. Be cautious of any job offer that requires you to process funds via your own bank account and wire an extra amount to a supposed third party. No legitimate company is ever likely to pay employees in such a manner.

Money Laundering

Last updated: May 13, 2015
First published: November 9, 2011
By Brett M. Christensen
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