Scam Emails and a bit of baiting

Josh Darlow Make Extra Income…

Published / by Spud Gun / 3 Comments on Josh Darlow Make Extra Income…

WARNING: These are scams. They are Emails sent to a honeytrap address only ever used for this purpose. Do not reply to these people, they will try to con you into paying out money in return for nothing.

CAVEAT: Please note that some of these Emails may be impersonating a genuine company or person. We wish to make it clear that any such name mentioned within these Emails has no connection to the scam. For the sake of searching, we leave these messages untouched, but we will respond to any concerns left in our comments.

From: Josh Darlow <[email protected]>
Reply: [email protected]
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***

Technical Analysis

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.

The following is the description from the forms page…

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.
What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness.The auto wraps tend to be colorful and eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can’t avoid seeing the attractive sticker paint car alongside them. This program will last for 6month months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month. You will be compensated with a $500 Five hundred dollars per Week),which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space. XYIENCE Energy Drink shall provide Experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.You will receive an up front payment of $500 (Five hundred dollars) inform of check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also come in the form of checks and delivered at your address weekly.

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 ( 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 protected] 


  1. I got a text from this guy about cartisers. He sent me a check and I am to deposit some of it into an account for a detailer who will come put a decal on my vehicle and the rest is mine to keep. sounds a bit odd. So Im waiting to see where he says I need to deposit it. I am not putting it in my account to where he has any access. How does he know I wont just go cash this check and keep it. Thinking about just tearing it up and telling him to forget it

    1. It does sound odd. The only thing I can think of is when you pay a check into a bank, it takes a few days to clear, or a few days before your bank rejects it. You may be asked to put the check into your bank and pay the other person at the same time. A few days later, you will discover their check has rejected and you have lost the money you paid out.

      If you want to find out more, I recommend the forums at They have a much larger user database and a wider range of scam experience.

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