• Report: #1043839

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  • Submitted: Tue, April 16, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, April 16, 2013

  • Reported By: honestreviewer — Los Angeles California
Johnson Controls
Internet United States of America

Johnson Controls BEWARE of Johnson Controls "car wrapping" scam Internet

*Consumer Comment: Paul Grant petitliza001@gmail.com

*Consumer Comment: happens all the time. Not Johnson Controls fault

*Consumer Comment: The truth about Johnson Controls, Inc.

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Johnson Controls Internet scam promising money in exchange for an advertisement for automotive product/logo being displayed on your car.
I responded to a craigslist ad saying, "get paid to drive" but instead I got scammed.
The man, Paul Grant (csgrant305@aol.com & csgrant305@gmail.com) responded to my email with saying they would pay me if I agreed to "wrapping" her truck with an ad for Johnson Controls products.
I received a $1,950.45 from a completely different company "Boston Metal Exchange LLC" check and Paul Grant told me to keep part of it for myself and to pay the remainder to the company through Western Union
The check was FAKE! Do not fall for this scam!
ALSO! Be careful where you submit your personal information! 

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#1 Consumer Comment

Paul Grant petitliza001@gmail.com

AUTHOR: JlynB - ()

He's not just using Johnson Controls, he's also using BizLogix and Spa Party. It's essentially the same copy-pasted email  but the names of the companies are changed. Here's what he sent me:

RE: 2005 custom gun metal blue paint Toyota matrix

How it works
 
Here's the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept:
Spa Party seeks people -- regular citizens, not professional drivers -- to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for "SPAPARTY" plastered on your car. The ads 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 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 wrapped car alongside them.
 
This program will last for 6 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month You will be compensated with a $300 (Three hundred dollars per Week), which is essentially a "rental" payment for letting our company use the space. Spa Party shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.

You will receive your 1st week payment of $300 (three hundred dollars) in form of check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also be delivered at your address weekly.
 
The following information below will be needed
 
Full Name:
Age:
Occupation:
Make of car/ year:
Address:
city:
State:
Zip code:
Phone Number(s) mobile/home :
Email Address:
 
We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive these information
 
Spa Party looks forward to working with you

__

Upon doing some research, the next part would involve him sending a check where you keep the $300 and forward the rest to a different company. Obviously, that's pretty fishy. If he truly had his own professional employees, I think it would be easier for him to pay them himself via payroll or something similar.

I contacted www.spa-party.com to let them know of the existence of this scam and they too are not involved with this "Paul Grant."

Please, like what everyone else advised, be careful of who you send out information to and do your research always. I have gotten legitimate work through CL before, you just need to be very careful!

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#2 Consumer Comment

happens all the time. Not Johnson Controls fault

AUTHOR: jennings - ()

This is so frustrating because these scams keep happening and if peope took one minute to search online they would see these are a scam. Here is the same thing they keep sending;

This is a typical craigslist (also on monster, indeed, and simply hired) scam for Auto Wrap advertising. They tell you that you will get paid for having them put a car advertisement on your vehicle and then send you a check. They ask you to forward the remaining amount of the check to the auto wrap company but then you never hear a thing. Right now they keep saying they are from Johnson Controls but they are NOT. Johnson Controls is being victimized here too.
 
They use an email exchange of j-controls.com and many other generic email addresses. DO NOT BELIEVE that they are from Johnson Controls. They are scam artists. Here is the text of typical message they will send you.
 
MAKE MONEY BY SIMPLY DRIVING YOUR CAR
ADVERTISER WANTED FOR JOHNSON CONTROLS
EARN NOT LESS THAN $300 WEEKLY TO ADVERTISE ON YOUR CAR.

It is Very Easy and Simple
No Application fees required

How it works

Here's the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept:
JOHNSON CONTROLS seeks people -- regular citizens, not professional drivers -- to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for "JOHNSON CONTROLS" plastered on your car. The ads 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 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 wrapped car alongside them.

This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month You will be compensated with a $300 (Three hundred dollars per Week), which is essentially a "rental" payment for letting our company use the space. JOHNSON CONTROLS shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.  You will receive your 1st week payment of $300 (three hundred dollars) in form of check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also be delivered at your address weekly.

The following information below will be needed

Full Name:
Age:
Occupation:
Make of car/ year:
Address:
city:
State:
Zip code:
Mobile number :
Email Address:

We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive these information. Note: Our company wraps will only be on your side doors and will not damage your car paint when it is removed at the end of your contract.

JOHNSON CONTROLS looks forward to working with you 
Also, other contact info they are known to use;
(503)506-7179

deb.ross776@gmail.com

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#3 Consumer Comment

The truth about Johnson Controls, Inc.

AUTHOR: vsherman - ()

I too responded to an add about these "car wraps"..and got an email from Paul Grant (I doubt it's a real name), so I googled and found this report. Then I googled Johnson Controls. They had a phone number right on their website.

I was transferred to the Investigator in these matters and sent him the "header code" from my email, to conduct his own investigation.

Johnson Controls is not involved in this fraudulent scam, they too are a victim, but they are aware of it. They also wish more people would contact them when they get sucked in.

I suggest anyone getting a job offer via Craigslist, do a little research before jumping in. I have gotten legitimate jobs via Craigslist and made money or temporary work..really..but you must research anything that seems too good to be true.

Also this format in any email:

Full Name:
Age:
Occupation:
Make of car/ year:
Address:
city:
State:
Zip code:
Phone Number(s) mobile/home :
Email Address:
 
..is a clue that it's a fraud. 100% of fraudulent emails contain this format for information.
Good luck
Val
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