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Dog Sitter Scam

How the scam works:

(with video below) You love dogs, you always did. You might even think that you can make some money dog sitting, so one day you post your resume online on sites such as Pet-Sitter or Craigslist, looking for a job. After a few days, a lovely family living abroad who is planning to move to your city next month is contacting you about their 'Bella', a beautiful Golden Retriever who will need sitting.

You start conversing, exchange pictures with each other's dog, and become friends. Most importantly, earn each other's trust. More exactly, he earns yours. How does the scam work?

Criminals use the same tactics not just for the dog sitting job-seekers, but also for caregivers or nannies. Watch the video below to see the scam exposed in the news, or read on.

 

Caregiver Scam Exposed Video

The 'employer' will send an initial email just like the one below:

"Thank you for your response concerning the Pet sitting/Dog walking job.

My name is Jefferey Martins, I am married with a daughter named (July) and my Wife Elizabeth then our Pet dog (Bella). We are a devoted christian family coming in to the United States am planning a vacation to the states with families and our adorable dog for few period of time in USA from Ontario Canada, so we have located it and decided to have our family work on all we need before moving into your neighborhood ,we have a very adorable dog (Bella), she is cute and adorable (Golden Retriever) she is very friendly and playful. She is also very much comfortable with other dogs and cat too he enjoys being indoors with US.

Going for walks is Bella's very favorite activity. She plays well with other dogs too. Bella is house trained and crate trained... I would be needing the service of a caring with positive personality to take good care of Bella because i want her to have a wonderful stay and will like to make provision for you to take good care of her for us. More so,I will be making arrangements in renting an apartment close to you but it depends on your location as i will be needing your services. I need you to take care of Bella around the hours of 2 - 6 pm from Mondays through Fridays or anytime you are convenient with,you just have to let me know your time schedule as for us to fix a time that won't be a problem or inconvenience your other daily activities. You would only be needed for 20 hrs per week at your convenience and will like you to get back to me with your available hours. We will be arriving in The states (7th of August 2015), which means if you accept to work with Bella you can begin to work with us on the 8th or the 9th of August..

I will be needing your service for up to 2 months or more, and willing to offer you $400.00 per week with benefits as compensation for a trustworthy and honest candidate. Also i will like to know if you can also help us run little errands before our arrival too.. if you agree with us, our location will not be far from you which are the reason why we want to secure a pet sitter before our Agent get us a house the Keys and the description of the house will be mailed to you as soon as possible.

We have a financier that is based in the states and will be handling the payment and as well as our other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of your payment. I will instruct him to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service. As soon as we reach a concrete agreement, I can instruct our financier to process a cashier’s check to you for the payment i will be waiting to read from you with Your schedule and other questions which you have to ask us.. Will be waiting to read from you,

Regards Jeffery Martins and Family"

They will proceed by sending you a check, just so you can get the house ready in time and buy a lot of pet food so they don't have to waste time doing it when arriving.

What happens is that as soon as you receive the check you will notice the huge amount of money on it, something like $3,000. The 'employer' will 'admit' that made a mistake and ask you to deposit the full check into your account, then send them back the difference via Western Union. Little do you know that the check they sent you will bounce in a few business days and you'll be in debt a few thousand dollars.

How to avoid:

Besides 'Jeffrey Martins', scammers also use the names 'Gary Abston' and 'Daniel Santiago'. Report below under 'Comments' if you were approached by someone else with the same pitch. Keep in mind, never accept checks in great amounts from companies you don't know anything about.

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