How a Dartmouth man outsmarted the car wrapping scam

How a Dartmouth man outsmarted the car wrapping scam

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News Posted: Oct 15, 2016 2:15 PM AT

A text message promising $300 a week was tempting — until the first cheque arrived

 

An enticing text message promising $300 a week to someone willing to have their car wrapped in advertisements nearly swindled a Dartmouth man out of thousands of dollars, but a bank teller was able to intervene.

Lois Smith said she was the one who encouraged her son Andrew, 30, to look into the offer that was sent to her phone. She said her son “works paycheque to paycheque” and so she thought car wrapping could help.

“I had dismissed it a couple of times and then I thought maybe I could look into that. I opened it up and there is an email and it said ‘if you’re interested, it’s a car wrap company for advertising. It’s really easy,'” said Smith.

 

Questionable cheque

Smith sent information to the company — including her son’s name, his car’s make and model, his address and the length of time he would be willing to keep the car wrap. She said the next day, she received an email with news that her son was approved.

“This is all through email. [The company] said we’ll send Andrew a cheque in the mail and as soon as he gets the cheque, let us know when he receives it,” said Smith.

The cheque arrived in the mail a few days later. When it arrived, Smith said it looked legitimate. But she said her son noticed something was off about it. He said the signature line on the cheque looked like someone had written in it twice.

Smith said she assured her son the cheque was fine but that he should get the teller at the bank to examine it.

Teller saves the day

“He goes in and he shows the teller, he gives her the little story of what happened … [the teller] said ‘my spider senses are tingling but we’ll check it out. Give us a few days and we’ll check it out,'” said Smith.

“A day or two later, the bank calls my son and said ‘no, Andrew, that is a fraudulent cheque.’ From there we kind of went, ‘oh we’ve been scammed’ and of course I feel stupid and I feel bad because I had my son’s hopes up.”

Smith said part of the reason the scam appeared so convincing is because real company names were used. A senior specialist with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre said scammers generally hide behind the names of legitimate companies.

‘Horrible what these people are doing’

Keen to earn some extra money while back in school full time, Louanne Cataford, 19, responded to a text offering to turn her car into a mobile billboard for $300 a week. (Dennis Cleary/CBC)

She said reading Louanne Cataford’s story, reported by CBC News on Thursday, inspired her to speak out.

“Thank God my son thought that we should get [the cheque] checked out first,” said Smith. “This is horrible what these people are doing.”

Cataford deposited the cheque for $3,985 and was told by the company to keep $300 of it for herself. She was then told to deposit the rest in cash into the CIBC account of the graphic artist who was to wrap the ad on her car. She did and then quickly learned the cheque was bogus and was on the hook for the money she deposited.

Cataford’s bank was able to clear up the mistake so she would not have to pay the money back.

  Alright guys I got to say I'm more than satisfied with the service provided by RON. I came last minute and he was able to squeeze me in. Clean workspace which is rare nowadays. You get to sit on a nice sofa while waiting. Before I went there I had a bunch of question which he replied withing the minute and that's big +1 from me! I got him to install a 2 way compustar remote starter with the alarm system module and he took the time to explain to me how to use it once installation completed. I was short on the money because I was not expecting to install the alarm and he told me to not worry about it and to bring it the next time as it was already 9pm. About the 2 way compustar I have to say I was not expecting it to work that well. I live on the 15th floor and I park my car in the underground parking and believe it or not I can start my car from my room. If I have to lock my car I can do it in my room. Walls and elevator does not seems to be able to block the signal lol. Ron, thank you sir for explaining and installing everything perfectly. I have no regret at all. I will make sure to send people your way! I don't usually write reviews but you deserve this one.

thumb Jpaul Ng
11/21/2016

  Rom did a great job in my brand new highlander I am really happy. If you guys need remote starter go see Ron...I give him 2 thumbs up for customer service and speedy install!!

thumb Rabiullah Anwarzada
10/21/2016

  Ron is the best on what he does. He always makes sure that you leave satisfied all the time. That is why I'm a repeat customer. I won't hesitate to recommend his service to any of my friends and family.

thumb Marthy Ohsnap
10/28/2016

  Absolutely amazing job! They were very accommodating and flexible with my schedule. I always got quick responses and he really listened to my needs and vision with my car. I’ll definitely be back for anything else I decide to do, thanks again !

thumb Keerthana Sretharan
10/18/2017

Leave a Reply