AMERICANS are being warned about a “Zipcar” text scam that could cost them up to $4,000 for depositing a bogus check.
Unscrupulous scammers text their unsuspecting victims, offering a $600 weekly check if they drive their car with a “Zipcar” sticker.
Frank McMillion, of Virginia, thought the offer sounded good at first and received a letter in the mail, containing a check for $2,980.
The letter claims the “applicant” had signed up for “Zipcar’s Car Wrap Advert”.
Scammers instruct Americans to send an email to [email protected] or a text message to 304-699-0132.
The letter states that the “check” would then be authorized and instructed recipients to deposit the bogus payment immediately, according to WTKR.
It encourages Americans to set aside $2,380 for the delivery and installation of the small sticker.
The letter was signed off by a trickster claiming to be a Zipcar employee.
Jamie Howell, of the Better Business Bureau in Norfolk, said that some Americans have lost between $3,000 and $4,000.
If the check comes back as fraudulent, banks could say that victims must cover the damages.
He said: “Scammers are getting smarter. Just as we’re getting smarter to the scams, the scammers always find a way to upgrade themselves.”
McMillon didn’t cash the check because he realized it was a scam.
BBB officials urge Americans to ignore any texts or emails that they suspect are fraudulent.
It comes as Gmail users are being warned about dangerous scam messages that threaten to steal usernames and passwords.
Experts say consumers are being targeted via Google’s email service, as well as Outlook.
Emails falsely claim that users could receive a free gift card if they complete a survey.
Bosses at the watchdog Which? urge anyone who receives malicious emails to delete them immediately.
The emails – pretending to be from leading supermarket chains including ASDA and Tesco – contain official logos that are intended to dupe people.
And, experts have issued a warning about a text message scam from a “spoof bank”.
The message, which claims it’s from Chase Bank, encourages users to follow a link to a third-party site that asks for your bank details – but it’s actually fake.
It reads: “Chase: It appears that your account is missing important credentials. For your protection, we’ve limited access to your online account.
“To restore full access to your online experience, please visit the link.”
Dave Hatter, from Fox19, says that the message looks official but warns the public not to touch the text.
He said: “It’s never been more important to be vigilant and be skeptical and realize they’re coming at you any way they can. They want to steal your information at best, they want to… Brinkwire Brief News.