ALERT: Vehicle Wrap Advertising Scams

With vehicle wraps being such a popular, affordable and eye catching method for advertising in the Riverside CA area; many large companies have paid to have people wrap their vehicles for targeted advertising. You’ve seen them and wondered; would Red Bull, Coke-Cola and Nike really pay to wrap a 2005 Honda? Yes, they sure did!

But this is where the problem lies. Because of the popularity of these programs, dozens of Riverside CA residents (and hundreds all over the country) have been taken for thousands in an ongoing vehicle wrap scam!

Because Precision Sign and Graphics is the leading vehicle wrap specialist in the Riverside CA area, we want to give you some tips on how this scam works and how to avoid it.

Wanna Make Extra Money?

The phone rings and the operator will say “Our world-class partners such us Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, iPhone 6 and XS Energy will generously pay prospective clients just like you in the Riverside CA area to place their vehicle wrap on your car.” This is where the scam comes into play, it makes sense because you’ve these vehicle wrapped cars driving around so… why not me?

The vehicle wrap offer sounds legit, they’ve said everything right. They even said you can peel the vehicle wrap off after a set term plus give you incentives for getting your friends in Riverside CA to have their vehicle wrapped too!

But beware, these people also post the same vehicle wrap offer on the Riverside CA Craigslist and social media to cast a wide net knowing not everyone will fall for it; but if they can get 1 out of 10… they’ve made money!

How Did I Get Targeted?

It wasn’t a random call. They usually target those who place online applications for job searches, submit resumes’ to online job postings, fill out forms for extra income ideas or fill out surveys where you were coupon shopping.

These People are Pro’s

If you feel you can out smart them… don’t bother; these people are pro’s. This is just one of dozens of schemes they have perfected over the years in the Riverside CA area; and they know how to fool you. They people have websites, professional graphics, social media… they even have fake reviews from Riverside CA praising their services. So how do you protect yourself against pro’s like this? Ask Momma!

Momma always said: “If it seems too good to be true…”

Know that major companies like Red Bull, Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, etc. don’t just use anyone off the Riverside CA street to get a vehicle wrap to brand their image. The have an interview process and vehicle wrap standards that you must keep to maintain the contract. If you get targeted by one of these vehicle wrap scams; don’t bother entertaining them or trying to play Columbo hoping to catch them… hang up!

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How Does the Vehicle Wrap Scam Work?

If you listen carefully you will hear the Red Flag words that so many scams like this use.

Red Flag words because these are usually people from overseas who are “attempting” to sound American. The Red Flag words are: Specialist, via money gram, wire transfer and the big one… kindly.

Everything they text or say will have an acknowledgement statement behind it. This is a designed strategy. They are looking for signs that you are not buying the vehicle wrap scam. So every statement will end with: Ok? Do you understand? When should I call you again?

Here are a couple of examples of the Scam

Example 1: “Kindly provide bank info. We deposit enough funds for your term, the amount needed to get the vehicle wrap and pay licensing fees. You then need to send money via money gram for licensing fees to the address provided. You keep the rest. OK?”

Example 2: “We send you a certified check from our marketing agency, enough to cover you term payment, vehicle wrap charge and licensing fees. Kindly wire transfer licensing fees to the address provided. You keep the rest. When can you do this?”

After you have wired the funds to pay for the licensing fees and/or the vehicle wrap to “their” vehicle wrap provider the funds are reversed from your bank account leaving you overdrawn!

(Note: everything will be “time sensitive”, they will be bossy, demanding and even threatening! If you receive the check and don’t deposit it they will hound you day and night, hack your computers, threaten your family… it can get really scary, really FAST!)

Who Falls for This Vehicle Wrap Scam?

You might read this and ask, who falls for this vehicle wrap scam? A lot of people in Riverside CA. and abroad do everyday. If this vehicle wrap scam didn’t pay, they wouldn’t do it. Like I said, these people are Pro’s. They know just what to say to convince you, and before you know it, you’ve been scammed.

When Local Experience Counts

Precision Sign and Graphics is a locally owned and operated sign company that utilizes the latest technology, top industry graphic design talent and state-of-the-art equipment and materials to produce our the very best product available in the Riverside, CA. area (or anywhere else for that matter). We seek to build long-term relationships with our customers by treating every customer with respect, understanding the diversity of opinions and a partnering mindset desiring to see your business succeed. Call to let us quote your custom printed wallpaper today!

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Customer Spotlight: Industry Security Services

Referrals are not only one of the best ways to get a new customer opportunity, it also lets us know that we are doing a good job. This was the case when we received an opportunity to provide a partial vehicle fleet wrap for Industry Security Services, serving the City of Industry & surrounding areas.

Vehicle vinyl fleet wraps can be crafted for fleet vehicles of all shapes, sizes and types. Whether you are wrapping a a fleet of trailers, cars or vans; vinyl vehicle fleet wraps are a fantastic choice for businesses in Riverside, CA.. Creativity combined with versatility are two of the main components that help make vehicle fleet wraps an affordable option, depending on the color of the vehicle; partial vehicle fleet wraps can provide the same high invisibility that you’re looking for; at fraction of the price.

Recently the Industry Security Services, serving the City of Industry & surrounding areas chose Precision Signs & Graphics for their partial vehicle wrap for their fleet of vehicles; let’s look at some of the steps that brought about this affordable partial wrap project.

Being Creative, Saves Money

When Industry Security Services, serving the City of Industry & surrounding areas, was considering branding their fleet vehicles they looked for options that would give them the best “bang for their buck”. With their particular branded color set and website already incorporating the same color as their fleet vehicles, a partial vehicle fleet wrap could provide them the same visual effect; and save money too! When looking for a company to design, create and install their partial wrap for their fleet vehicles they chose Precision Signs & Graphics. They considered carefully the craftsmanship, quality of vinyl wrap materials that Precision has come to be known for in the Riverside, CA.  area. As this partial wrap project was to be a branding point for their company, it was important that the quality of the partial wrap reflected the quality reputation that they have earned within the community as well.

The Partial Wrap Process

Step One: Partial Vehicle Wrap Design

With Industry Security Services constantly being on the road traveling to businesses and construction job sites; their fleet can easily be seen by hundreds or thousands of people in the City of Industry area every day. With a partial vehicle fleet wrap being one of the first impressions that customers will see (whether it be in Riverside, the City of Industry or elsewhere) close attention must be paid during the initial consultation and design. By providing examples, we were able to identify the fonts, colors, graphics and sizing needed to create the partial vehicle fleet wrap to Industry Security Services.

Utilizing some additional resources such as their print media and website we crafted a design that accentuated the branded look that followed along with their creative marketing.

It goes without saying that the final partial vehicle fleet wrap design was approved by Industry Security Services prior to material selection and installation. They were also able to see a full color rendering of what the finished product was to look like before the installation began.

Step Two: Partial Vehicle Wrap Materials Selection

Based upon the overall partial vehicle fleet wrap specifications identified in the design we look for the proper 3M or Avery materials that will best suit the application. Materials were carefully hand selected based on the long term mindset we seek to fulfill with our quality partial vehicle fleet wraps.

Some vinyl films allow digital and screen printed graphics to be applied where deep contours and corrugations are found (typical on van models with recessed areas and performance cars that have a lot of flair). Other types of films are selected because the application needs, for example whether the application will be for a short or long-term needs.

These removable films are great for fleet and vehicle graphics; its versatility also works well with interior and exterior signs.

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Step 3: Partial Vehicle Wrap Installation

As part of the process for a partial vehicle fleet wrap installation, the installation crew will receive a design template (printout) that identifies the location points for the most important elements in the design, namely the largest photograph or design element and any logos, phone numbers, websites or slogans.

Materials are preprinted, cut, labeled (numbered) in the sequence of installation. These pieces are positioned in place while making sure to align these elements first, allowing any additional graphic elements to freely flow around the vehicle shape and complex curves. Because on many partial vehicle fleet wrap installations the design attempts to avoid curved areas, the installation can be pretty straightforward.

Next the material is stretched as needed for the shape (much like you would see when you’re stretching plastic wrap over the top of a glass bowl in your kitchen). Only this material is made to be long-lasting in the sun, super durable in the rain and able to be washed over and over again for years to come.

Even for a partial vehicle wrap this process can be a little tricky. For large logo sections you still have to deal with rivets, curvatures in the body of the vehicle, door handles, glass with moldings, etc. this is where experience really pays off.

When experience counts

Precision Sign and Graphics is a locally owned and operated sign company that utilizes the latest technology, top industry graphic design talent and state-of-the-art equipment and materials to produce our the very best product available in the Riverside, CA. area (or anywhere else for that matter). We seek to build long-term relationships with our customers by treating every customer with respect, understanding the diversity of opinions and a partnering mindset desiring to see your business succeed. Call to let us quote your partial vehicle wrap today!

Useful Links

For more information or to contact us for a Free Quote: CLICK HERE

To find the answers to some of our frequently asked questions: CLICK HERE

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