The check could be counterfeit. Never use money gram,western union to send money to strangers. Please see the link and also read below.

How long does it take for a check to clear properly?
Checks can take a long time to go through the system completely so do not assume that a fraudulent check will bounce in a few days or even a couple of weeks. Here's a scenario where it could take months to be returned: Account information on a legitimate bank account is stolen and forged checks are produced using that account number. A victim receives one of the forged checks and deposits it. Their bank checks with the paying bank and sees that it is indeed a legitimate account number and the funds are there to cover the check. Eventually, the account holder whose account was stolen notices the forged checks and reports it. The paying bank contacts the victim's bank and returns the check as fraudulent. The victim's bank notifies the victim and removes the amount for the check from the victim's account. This entire process could take months. Remember, you are financially and usually legally responsible for all checks deposited into your account, even after the bank has made the funds available to you.

Will banks cover the loss?
No. In most countries, the law says that it is up to you to ensure you know who you are dealing with : if you are dealing with a criminal, they will say it is your problem, not theirs. The bank will almost certainly not be liable, even if they have shown the amount as cleared and their terms and conditions spell this out. If you want to be protected, ask your bank to confirm in writing that the check has cleared fully. If they do so, and you act on that and send money, then even if it does later prove to be fake, you'll be protected. Most banks are unlikely to give you that reassurance so you'll need to protect yourself.

Possible legal consequences for the victim
We find that victims of check fraud are often worse off by more than just the money or goods they sent. More and more often, the victim finds that their account is closed by their bank, and they may have trouble opening an account with another bank. Banks frequently call the police, so a victim may be arrested or investigated by the police for money laundering.

How to protect yourself
Read the information here and on the linked websites and see if the circumstances sound familiar. If they do, you can ask for advice here and we will do our best to show you whether it is a scam or not. If you are at all unsure about a check, money order, cashier's check or travellers check you have received, you should take it to your bank or local police and tell them you think it may be from a scammer.

On 6/18/2017 at 8:26 PM, " Smith Donald" < [email protected]>

We received your text and you do qualify to carry the Redline®
Energy Drink Car Advertisement on your vehicle. As you know this has
been OUT-SOURCED to an agency and we have forwarded your details to
the agency, so we are currently working with them on sending out the
fund to you to get the Advert placed on your vehicle.

Please note that the Check payment will be sent to you to cover
your first week salary of $500. And also the Specialist fund will be
included, you will have it deposited and when the Check clears which
will be in a day, you are to deduct your $500 and the rest will be
going to the Specialist that will be responsible for the Advert
placement on your vehicle, we will also send you the information to
send it to and Instruction with details that will guide you on the
proceeding for the decal to be placed as soon as the upfront payment
has been delivered to you. Also Check your email every day to get
Updated as to when the Upfront Payments will arrive.

We will get back to you shortly with the Tracking number once
the payment is in the mail, as soon as we have it from the Agency it
was OUT-SOURCED to.Acknowledge the receipt of this email immediately.

Kind Regards.
(R) Redline® Energy Drink Car Advertisement All rights reserved(tm)
On 6/18/2017 at 8:19 PM, "Smith Donald" < [email protected]>

Here's the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: Redline®
Energy Drink seeks people -- regular citizens, professional drivers to
go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a
smalladvert for "Redline® Energy Drink" plastered on your car. The
advertare 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 is1 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 Redline® Energy Drink 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: Make of car/ year:
Phone Number Thanks,Smith Donald 408-877-8940