Experts warn of scam with car advertisements - WSMV Channel 4

Experts warn of scam with car advertisements

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Better Business Bureau is warning high school and college students looking for summer work to stay away from one that sounds too good to be true.

The scammers are posting positions on popular websites like Craigslist claiming all the applicant has to do is drive his or her personal vehicle around town with a vinyl-wrapped advertisement on it.

Then, the scammers send a check for more money than originally promised but instruct the victim to cash it and send the excess money to a third party.

That third person claims to be the graphic designer of the ad, but in the end the victim loses time, money and ends up with a big battle to fight.

"The scam is that you will fall for putting that fraudulent check into your personal checking account, and then you're drawing funds off of it before it actually clears the federal reserve," said Kathleen Calligan, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee.

Experts said anyone who has already fallen victim to the scam should bring a copy of the Better Business Bureau's warning to the bank.

For more information and a link to the BBB's warning, visit: http://nashville.bbb.org/article/beware-ads-touting-.

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