A new scam involving newspaper advertisements is predicted to potentially leave people thousands of dollars out of pocket.

Police have been alerted to a scam that involves newspaper advertisements offering to pay £500 a week to anyone willing to have their vehicle wrapped in branding for an energy drink.

Police understand the scammers send a cheque for £6500 ($12,647), along with instructions for the recipient to bank it, keep £500 and transfer the remaining amount — before the cheque clears — to another account to pay for the vehicle wrapping.

The cheque will then bounce, leaving the recipient out of pocket.

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"While we're not aware of anyone falling for the scam, it has been reported to us, and it's a reminder to be extra vigilant — if something seems too good to be true, it probably is," Stratford Public Safety Team Constable Cameron Hunt said.

"The ads ran in newspapers about mid-June and the cheques are now arriving from the United Kingdom.

"Anyone who has received one of these cheques is urged not to bank it."

Anyone who believes they are a victim of the scam should report the matter to their local Police.

Netsafe and Consumer Protection NZ also provide helpful advice and information on their websites.