We are all looking for the dream of a lifetime work-from-home opportunity to suddenly fall into our lap. But in the midst of looking for the perfect job or business venture you have to stay alert and not fall for any scams currently circulating the web and even in your email inbox.
Back in January I shared some tips to help you recognize an online or work-from-home scam and told you about my friend Angela who was approached about a job opportunity to work-from-home job that turned out to be a scam.
Here’s another scam alert for you to be aware of. Today I’d like to share an email I received about a work-from-home opportunity.
I was checking my email yesterday and found this email in my inbox. It’s regarding employment with JetBlue Airlines. They’re offering to pay me $400 a week to drive around with an ad on my car promoting JetBlue.
Of course this peaked my interest and why not. It sounds like a great gig right? That is until I started looking for those red flags. And I was right. Take a close look at the email. The ‘from’ email address is from @consultant.com. That was a red flag off the bat. You’ll also notice there is no direct contact name in the signature. Yep, this is a scam all right.
Here’s the second half of the email:
When I did research using the keywords JetBlue Advertisement I immediately got a hit with all kinds of consumer be ware posts about this job.
The first resource I checked out was the BBB. The way the scam works is they offer a bonus or upfront payment which will be more than the amount you were told you’d be paid.
You will be asked to cash the check, keep your portion and send the remaining balance to someone else. You can read the entire post here.
The FTC also wrote about this back in 2013 in a post called The Rap on Car Wrap Scams that not only describes the scam but also shares four tips to avoid scams like these altogether.
The Truth About Wrap Ads
So can you really make money driving with ads on your car? The answer is yes but you have to do your research carefully. Check well-known job search sites for any listings.
But if you want to cut out the middle man and land your own clients to advertise their product on your car, you can read how you can make that happen in my post called How To Get Advertisers To Buy Ad Space On Your Car.
Now It’s Your Turn
Have you seen these ads online or in your email inbox offering to pay you to advertise big brand companies on your car? There’s a comments section below this post to tell us about it.
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