A Lafayette man is out of more than $2,000 after he says he was scammed by people posing as the Frito-Lay company.
That man, Jeramie Dolese, says he wants others to know the warning signs so it doesn’t happen to anyone else.
“my temptation to want to work was over powering my thought process”
A father of two, Dolese says he was looking an opportunity to make extra cash before Christmas. He believed a message from someone pretending to be “The Frito-Lay Vehicle Wrap Program would be just what he needed.
The message told Dolese to go to a website where he would learn more about the program, fill out this short application, submit it, and wait for a call back from a representative.
“Another text message came in last week that said go check your mailbox, we just mailed you a check for the payment for your car wrap. You take your payment out which was $250 for your first-week pay, and then the rest is going to go towards the decal specialist so that you can pay them for the advertisement for Lays,” Dolese said.
Dolese took this check and wired money to what he believed was the wrap decal headquarters in Texas. He then went to meet the person who was supposed to wrap his car, only to realize the appointment would never happen.
Dolese then did some internet research.
“I was looking it up and it stated that there was a Lays potato chip lays campaign and people could ride around and wrap their entire car, and I think it was lasting for like 6-7 weeks or something, and that’s when I realized I got scammed,” Dolese explained.
Jeramie isn’t the only person who’s been hit by this scam. Thousands of others have posted on a Facebook forum with the same concerns.
“I may be a little more fortunate than some others, I do have a little more money left over. I still have time to keep moving forward. Others don’t have no money at all and if they get ensnared in this scam, they could lose all their money and have to pay the bank overdraft fees,” Dolese said.