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Woman warns Craigslist users of car wrap scam

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It sounds like a great deal -- put one of those advertising wraps on your car and get paid $400 a week, but one valley woman almost found out the hard way that it is too good to be true.

When Becky Robinson was looking to make extra money, she thought she found the perfect way when she came up on a Craigslist.org ad.

"$400 dollars a week. A week. And up to three months you could do it," said Robinson.

What she had to do was agree to have her car wrapped to advertise for an energy drink.

In an e-mail, the person who posted the ad called it a "paid to drive concept."  Shortly after agreeing, Becky received a check in the mail for just over $2,200.  She was to keep $400 for herself.

"That was initially what this e-mail wanted you to do -- was to cash it, send the money right away to this location in Florida..I wasn't going to do that," she said.

She smelled a scam and took the check to her bank.

"Thank God my banker didn't allow me to cash the check because I could have been stuck for a whole lot more -- in a whole lot worse circumstances," she said.

Turns out the check was not real.  The scammer was hoping Becky would be able to cash it and wire the money to him before she knew something was up.

"I would be responsible for the whole check. Plus whatever extra charges the bank would have charged."

Becky says she is sharing her story so others will avoid being victims and because the ad is still showing up on Craigslist.

"The public needs to know there are so many scams out there -- and people don't realize to become victims if we allow ourselves to be."

We contacted Craigslist about the ad that was still up on Wednesday.  We're waiting to hear back to see if they're pulling it down.



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