Avoid Advertize On My Car, Possible Scam

A friend liked and shared a Facebook post from the Penny Hoarder about earning a few hundred dollars per month by renting ad space on your car. It sounded easy enough so I inquired. That was my mistake! I am writing this to inform anyone curious about this particular website/company that I used to prevent others from the same frustration I had. I also want to clarify that this company may be a legitimate business and their competitors might also be legitimate as well. However, their behavior with me so far raises more questions and concerns that make me incredibly suspicious. I am talking about AdvertizeonmyCar.net, or Advertize on My Car (which I won’t even give them the dignity of linking back to their site).

 I will walk you through my experience thus far. The website offers little to no information prior to signing up. You’re forced to create a user account before you can even attempt to find out anything beyond placing an advertisement on your car’s rear window will earn money. So naturally, I signed up. My thought process is that if I don’t like what I see, I can delete or shut down my account — no harm, no foul. What I didn’t expect is once you’ve entered all of your information, you have to call the company to activate your account. I was unable to immediately, but they called me anyway… almost immediately. 

First call

I was at work and unable to take the call. Because I am expecting an important call, I took it anyway in the hopes I could have rescheduled a deeper conversation. When I explained to the representative of Advertize On My Car that I was at work and unavailable at the moment, she seemed to understand and hung up on me. I was a little put-off by the sudden hang up of the call without a friendly goodbye, but maybe she was trying to be courteous to me being at work and get off the phone quickly. Not having experience with this company, I didn’t think much of it.

Second call

After work, I called them to ask my questions and inquire more information. I was waiting for a representative for maybe a minute or two. The wait wasn’t long, I was pleasantly surprised. I asked the representative for more information about the advertisements I would put on my car. She explained that they likely would cover the entire size of my rear window, but they’re perforated so I could still see through it. I hesitated to commit, so she hung up on me. This irritated me and I wasn’t planning to call back. I thought my time with them was through and I was glad for it. 

Third call

The next day, they called me again. I was frustrated seeing they called me yet again, but I figured I could try again to address my concerns. I mentioned I had questions before moving forward and I was immediately hung up on. I was able to share maybe a couple of sentences and received no answers from my concerns. 

Fourth call

Another day goes by and the company called yet again. This actually occurred just before writing this blog post and I’d expect to hear another call later today or tomorrow. Except that I blocked and reported the number as spam on my phone, so I may not receive their future calls anyway. This call was slightly more aggressive. They attempted to push me through a sign up/activation process. I tried to get a word in, but was unable to. She continued to talk over me. I wanted to complain about being hung up on multiple times prior and to ask to be removed from their call list. However, during my fight to be heard, I was hung up on again. 

Is it a Scam or Spam?

This behavior raised questions for me and you might be seeking answers to similar questions. One in particular is “is advertize on my car a scam?” or “can you really make money from advertizeonmycar.net?” I don’t have these answers. However, I have dealt with many call scammers in the past and there are a lot of similarities. 

I have had calls from obvious IRS scammers, fake Microsoft Support Specialists, fake credit card refinance opportunities, winning vacations that don’t exist, and more. The behavior that is common between all of them and Advertise on my Car is the hanging up. If you don’t show interest, ask questions, or call them out on their lies, they hang up on you. This is because hanging up is an easy out from confronting the person on the line, you don’t have to worry about defending the malicious intentions of the call, and you can call another victim much sooner than hanging on the line with someone that isn’t likely to buy. By preventing the other person from expressing disinterest also leaves the possibility to try selling to that person again. 

Good customer service is the sign of a trustworthy company and Advertize on my Car lacks this from the get-go. Do they care? Not likely. If they don’t care, can you trust them to pay you as promised? I wouldn’t feel confident in this, but I don’t know first-hand if they do or not. Is it a scam? Perhaps. If they’re more interested in pushing people forward regardless of their concerns and ending the conversation at the first moment of hesitation, perhaps they have nothing legitimate to offer. I certainly wouldn’t expect them to resolve any problem I encounter if I had committed. What if their advertisement damages the paint on my car? What if the person applying the ad does a poor job? What if they miss a payment? What if I have difficulty seeing through the advertisement? I don’t feel confident in these problems having any response or resolution should they occur. 

Avoid it

If you have any concerns at all about this too-good-to-be true source of extra income, avoid it. It’s not worth the frustration. If you’re in the same boat I am in with the constant calling and being hung up on, you can file a complaint with the FCC in the US like I have done. This may not lead to an immediate resolution, but if a number of complaints are filed and a pattern of behavior is identified, the FCC can act against Advertizeonmycar.net and prevent this potential scam from continuing. 

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