Beware of the 'Monster' truck scam

Beware of the 'Monster' truck scam

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SARASOTA (FOX 13) -

How would you like to get paid to be a driving billboard for Monster Energy drink? A Sarasota man jumped at the idea, especially when he heard how much money he could make.

But the pitch left him with a bad taste in his mouth after he learned the $2,400 check he received didn't check out -- and Monster Energy had nothing to do with it.

The unsolicited email promised he would get paid $300 a week. As for the $2,400 check made out to his business, he was told to keep $300 and send the rest back.

"I'm not going to fall for one of these scams and send money out until I do a little more research on this," said Izzo. During his research, he found others who had received the same pitch.

FOX 13 contacted Monster Energy and confirmed that it was a scam. The company sent FOX 13 a statement, which said:

"Monster Energy Company is aware of a car wrap scam being perpetrated by parties unknown to it. The company does not have a 'car wrap' or 'paid to drive' program. We are cooperating with authorities investigating the matter."

"You need to do your homework," warned Alexia Papageorge, a postal inspector in Tampa. She's heard from plenty of people who have fallen for scams like the Monster wrap.

Her advice: If you get an email from somebody you don't know, ask yourself this question.

"If somebody came up to you on the street and gave you that check out of the blue, would you just cash a check from a stranger that you never knew before?" she said.

The answer seems obvious, but people keep falling for it. Papageorge says if it's a legitimate offer, you won't be asked to send money back and will have no problem verifying the offer.

LINK: More scheme warnings from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service

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