East Texan warns about car wrap scam

East Texan warns about car wrap scam
He says he bit the initial hook, but realized it was a scam when the check came in. (Source: KLTV)
He says he bit the initial hook, but realized it was a scam when the check came in. (Source: KLTV)
The envelope had a Missouri return address, but the check had an address in Chicago. He took it to the bank, where they said it was fake. (Source: Lyman Bassett)
The envelope had a Missouri return address, but the check had an address in Chicago. He took it to the bank, where they said it was fake. (Source: Lyman Bassett)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Craigslist scam that involves wrapping your vehicle with an advertisement is seeking victims.

It's a scam that Lyman Bassett initially bit onto, only to find out that he was being reeled into a fraudulent deal.

"I do gardening and home improvements," he said.

And to find some extra jobs, he posted an ad for his services on Craigslist. It wasn't long before he got a response.

"Everything was through text message," he said. "They wanted to know if I'd be willing to put an advertisement wrap on my vehicle."

Instead of a request for his services, it was a solicitation to wrap his truck with an advertisement. Bassett says the solicitor did not indicate what kind of wrap it would be, but that he was interested initially. He was told that if he wrapped his vehicle he would receive a weekly paycheck.

"They asked me what type of vehicle I have," and after he told them he received a check in the mail.

"When I get the check, I'm supposed to deposit it in my personal account," he said. "And then send the person who's doing the wrap a certain percentage of that and then keep my first week's pay."

If it wasn't a scam, the process would've gone like this: Bassett would receive an initial check of $2200 and deposit it into his account. Then he would send $1700 back to the sender to cover the cost of the vehicle wrap.

But since it was a scam, it went like this: Bassett received the check but became suspicious because the envelope's return address was in Missouri and the address on the check was in Chicago. Bassett then took the check, which showed the document was distributed by a local bank, to that bank.

"They checked it and got a red flag," he said.

Now he definitely knew it was fake. If he had followed through with the original instructions, he would've sent his own money back to the sender for the wrap, then the check would've bounced and he'd be out $1700.

He says he went to police next.

"They said if I would've sent the money, then a crime would've been committed in this county," but since no crime was fully committed, no official charges could be filed. Which leaves Lyman Bassett simply to say, "these advertisements for wraps on your vehicle, don't fall for it. Because it's a scam."

Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.