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Rip-Off Alert: Energy drink emails become suspicious

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Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 12/30/2013 2:37 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- In this Rip-Off Alert, an advertising campaign pays consumers to take part, but only after they pay some of their own money up front first.

It's a cautionary tale for anyone looking for a quick buck. However, the near-victim is sharing the story in hopes others spot the red flags well in advance.

Georgene White of Brooklyn, N.Y., says she got an exciting offer via e-mail a few weeks ago.

“ ‘An offer to place an advert wrap on your personal vehicle.’ which I have seen,” White said. “I've seen cars, you know. And this was Monster Energy Drink. And $300 a week, and I'm figuring well that sounds pretty good I can do that.”

White says she collects disability, so she looked forward to earning some extra cash and replied to the email.

“The next day I got a response that says, ‘Great, you're interested! So we need to know your name, your address, phone number, email,’ ” she said.

“Two days after that, literally two days, I get a FedEx delivery. I open it up, and there's a check inside for $2,809. That's it, just the check, and I'm like, ‘Wow, that's pretty cool.’ “

white checked her inbox and found another email with instructions for the check. That's where the tale gets fishy. She was instructed to deposit the check in her checking account, and once it cleared, $1,500 was to be sent to a person in the Philippines.

White says that was a red flag. So she called Monster Energy Drink to verify.

“And I started to explain what was going on. The woman says to me, ‘Oh, no, there is a scam.”

White wanted to get the word out before she -- or anyone else -- cashes these types of checks.

The National Consumers League has received similar complaints from people who were asked to take part in a fake Red Bull Energy Drink advertising message.

The league reminds consumers they should never have to pay funds from their personal checking accounts to participate in advertising campaigns of this sort.



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