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Happy Thursday to you all out there,

Hopefully, you've had a nice last few days. Since we did not have an opportunity on Tuesday to feature a viewer-submitted email due to my time off, I thought I'd present one to you here today.

This one plays off the premise you can earn money by just driving around. It's not free money, but the email sent to Ken. K. is pretty darn close. Ostensibly, it's from the makers of Red Bull, who are offering him $500 a week to let them plaster an "advert" on his car.

"You will be compensated with $500 per week which is essentially a "rental"payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you," the email reads. "RedBul (sic) shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $500 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car."

Allow me to allow Ken to debunk this for you:

"I'm betting this is a scam," he wrote in an email to me. "It's the first time I've seen it and would guess the misspellings and hackneyed grammar were created by someone not in Red Bull's advertising department. Feel free to bring it up on your Live at Five segment if you want. (On the other hand, if it's legit, I'll buy an old piece-o-crap beater and take their $500/week!)"

Sorry Ken, but "an old piece-o-crap beater" is not in your future for this purpose. Red Bull, which by the way was spelled incorrectly in the email, has a warning about a similar drive-around-and-get-paid email on its website: http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Sample-Scam-Emails/001243130610396

Thanks for sharing, Ken. Oh, and awesome use of the word, "hackneyed." Great word choices will always be valued by the author of this blog.

Cheers and remember, just hit delete.

Adam

-------- Original message --------
From januarybmtr@gmail.com
Date: 07/29/2014 4:34 PM (GMT-06:00)
To ken xxxxx @aol.com
Subject NEW PAID TO DRIVE : REDBULL IS HIRING WORKERS!!!


Hello,
We are currently seeking to employ individual’s world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car advertising for RED BULL.

How it works?

Here’s the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: RedBull seeks people -- regular citizens,professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a small advert for "RED BULL" plastered on your car. The advert are typically vinyl decals, also known as "auto wraps,"that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion 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, 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 can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them.
This program will last for 12 months and the minimum you can participate is 1 month.

You will be compensated with $500 per week which is essentially a "rental"payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you RedBul shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $500 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

It is very easy and simple , no application fees required contact email along with the following if you are interested in these offer.

Full Name:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip code:
Age:
Occupation:
Make of car/ year:
Exterior Color of Car:
Telephone numbers:
Email:

We will contact you immediately we receive this information.

Kind Regards!

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