From: Josh Darlow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:43:09 -0700
Subject: Make Extra Income...
Thank you for your swift response to our placed ad, We are an
advertising company that pays everyday /persons/drivers to place
removable advertisements on their cars. Click on the LINK for full
details and application process: ***Link to a Google Docs form requesting personal details***
This is a scam! See the Federal Trade Commission blog for how it works, but in a nutshell..
The link above takes you to a Google Docs form. It is a Google shortened url taking you to a genuine Google Docs form. This may give the impression that it is safe to proceed, but it is not! Google may host the form, but they do not control the content.
The Google Forms application is part of the Google Drive suite of online productivity tools. You can use Google Forms to help your business create forms that can be filled out by employees and customers in order to give you feedback about products and services that your business offers. You can send out your forms to your email list or social network, or post the link on your website to get as many responses as possible.
The scammer has created a form using Xyience branding asking for some personal details – Name, address, phone, Email, names and phone numbers of two referees,your vehicle details, and details of where your car will be seen – your driving habits.
Carveritse is an advertising company that pays everyday drivers to place removable advertisements on their cars.The basic premise of the “paid to drive” XYIENCE Energy Drink seeks people — regular citizens, not professional drivers — to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a sticker advert for “XYIENCE Energy Drink ” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, which will cover one side door of your car’s exterior surface.
Again, see the Federal Trade Commission link above for full details on the scam. To summarise, the scammer will post you a dud cheque (check) and ask you to pay the decal company from this payment. It takes days before you find out that you have not been paid and you will not get back the money you sent to the decal company.
Please note: There are genuine companies who provide advertising on private cars. The difference being that they do not recruit drivers by spamming, plus they do not give advance payments then ask you to pay their suppliers. Caveat emptor. Any similarity between company names mentioned here and genuine companies is down to the scammer attempting to deceive.
The domain name (carvertises.com) was created by the scammer on 10 oct 2016. There is no associated web page. Emails to the domain are redirected to a Gmail account. The original spam Email was sent using Roundcube Webmail, using what appears to be a hacked account – email@example.com