Cleaning Services Scam
Local House Cleaning Services Scam: How It Works
Many people try to make extra money to supplement their income by using their skills, whether it’s about local house cleaning services, cutting hair, renovating homes, or babysitting. They advertise their services on message boards or on specialty sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Offer Up, or Oodle. Most receive legitimate offers and make the extra cash they need. But sometimes these ads are answered by someone attempting to bilk money out of the person who needs it most.
The Local House Cleaning Services scam preys on those trying to create income. The scammer will contact the victim telling her they will soon move to her town and would like a cleaning service of the apartment that was rented and they’re about to move in.
‘We would like to have it clean on the 1st of next month’, might say the request to the cleaner, who let’s say charges $400. The scammer will begin building a relationship with the victim before the actual services are rendered.
After several phone conversations and emails meant to gain the victim’s confidence, the scammer sends the cleaner a money order for $1,400 instead of $400. Saying it was by mistake, the crook asks the victim to deposit the money in the bank account, keep the $400 for the service and send $1,000 to a moving company for them. The moving company would be the one that will bring their stuff in.
What just happened was: the money order was a fake and the cleaner is out $1,000 of his own hard-earned money. Also, there is no such thing as the ‘moving company’ either. Everything is made up. When they try to contact the scammer the phone is disconnected, the email is canceled and the moving company is non-existent.
Local House Cleaning Services Scam: How To Avoid
It is never a legitimate request when someone asks you to accept a money order for more than you need, then wants you to send the overage to a “company” or other entity for them. This request should be a huge red flag for a potential target.
Also, just because you have spoken with someone multiple times does not mean you know them and can trust them. Scammers are excellent at getting close to people and gaining their confidence in a short period of time, so beware.
Local House Cleaning Services Scam: How To Report
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