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.

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‘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.


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12 thoughts on “Cleaning Services Scam”

  1. Beware of cleaning service that offer a voucher but don’t mention it cost 20.49 and when you use their service they will charge monthly weather you use them or not and never apply the voucher This service is a scam. BEWARE

  2. Folks,
    Understand this, please. No one is relocating. There is no apartment. There are no rooms to clean. You are reading fiction.
    Nothing is happening here except a person from an evil godless culture has determined that you have money he wants and he’s going to take it from you. Lying is not a problem for him. Deception is not a problem for him. Injuring you is not a problem for him. He has no qualm about getting you to give him money and then walking away gloating at how stupid you were to have believed him.

  3. Iris Caprile

    Yes this is happening they wanted me to send me 3000 deposit wait for it to clear then subtract my 450 and send the rest to a painter via walmart

    1. This just happened to me today. They emailed me after texting me saying they would send me a check for $2200 and I was to deposit the check, wait till it clears and then take out my $600 for my cleaning and $200 for cleaning supplies and send the rest via Walmart money gram to a painter/art delivery. It’s very sad especially when I already have a spot fund me (kind of like go fund me) in place because of the emergency house repairs I can’t afford. I’m really glad this website exists because I really needed that money and would have fallen victim to this scam if good hearted people like you
      All out here hadn’t said something. Thank you everyone who is honest and helping those who are falling victim to these scams and trying to stop them before they fall victim.

  4. Its the same for childminders and carers jobs, this nearly happened to me but I knew it was a scam before money swapped.

  5. I started filling out an application to a company called "Handy Pro". I actually submitted my SSN and birthdate with name and address. At that point I checked online and discovered they are probably running a scam. Should I be worried that they have my info? What can I do?

  6. Got hit 2 times in 1 week.
    Professional business man from California on route to my area( on a gravel truck route only one) $2980.50 pay agent for keys to clean ….chq by McMaster University…..never.would they for personal.
    I don’t think so…
    2nd by couple moving into apt pay movers when at door for keys again 1200.00
    This was in 2 weeks
    1st from NY….2nd from FRANCE…..
    Really people give me a break!

  7. ok I got an email about a cleaning job and a money order to start BUT they didn’t ask me to pay anyone ANYTHING.. my bank put a hold on the money just in case… and I checked with a few places listed on the check and am trying to figure out if it is a scam or not now…

  8. nancy lou rearick

    !!~!!Need of someone to help__CLEAN OUT__my house::::::$540 cash (8)


    liz nancy rearick-turofski, im new to the Darlington area and looking for work im strong and love to clean, plz if you still looking for help I could use the money,my number

    Jun 15 at 8:57 PM

    ? 6 more messages


    Chester walker

    liz nancy rearick-turofski

    Today at 10:30 AM

    Good morning to you, how have you been ?
    I just confirm that a check of $2900.00 will be delivered to you via
    USPS mail service now and here is the Tracking Number (
    9405501699320050689616) When you receive the check, You should go
    ahead and deposit the check into your bank Account and withdraw the
    overpayment immediately. When you withdraw the cash from your bank,
    You are to deduct your money for your first week payment which is
    $1000.00 +$100.00 for cleaning supplies (Varnished Wooden Mop, toilet
    cleaning brush, Non woven cleaning cloth, cosmetic LDPE gloves/nitrite
    coated glove with 13g nylon, cleaning magic sponge, cellulose sponge
    for kitchen, plastic dustpan with brush set, Ceiling Fan Duster. etc.)
    and After deducting the $1100.00, You are to send the rest funds
    $1800.00 to the Art Seller Information via western union money in
    Minutes at nearest western Union money transfer location near you to
    the Art Seller that will be supplying the Art works to the House
    before our arrival date. So, Immediately the transfer is done you areto email me the western union money transfer details on the receipt
    for confirmation of the funds sent . More so the Art Seller will mail
    you the key of the House as soon as He is are done with the delivery
    of my Art work to the House. You can locate any nearest western union
    outlet around your in your area.

    FYI: Western union transfer charges should be deducted from the
    remaining $1800.00 you are sending to the Art Seller And the most
    Importantly please do not waste time to proceed with this transaction
    because we do not have much days to arrive to city anymore. I will
    like you to get the transaction done on time and get back to me with
    the western Union money transfer transfer details including the
    receipt as soon as you have completed the transaction. Hope I can
    count on you on this?

    Bellow is the Information of the Art Seller you are to wire the rest
    of the funds to via western union money transfer:

    Receiver Name : John Meyers
    Address: 51 Clifton Ave,
    Newark, NJ 07104
    After you might have sent the money to the Art seller information via
    western union money transfer, Below are the western union details you
    are to email me back once you completed the Transaction

    *Senders Name and Address on the western union receipt?
    *Exact Amount Sent (After deducting western union charges)?
    *MTCN (10 digit control number on the western union receipt)?
    *A scanned Copy of Western union Receipt

    I will be looking forward to read back from you as soon as possible
    with the Money transfer details so that i can forward it to the Art
    seller as soon as possible. I will be waiting to read back from you
    now. My family can’t wait to meet you.


    N.B: You can also send the money online with your debit card which is
    hassle free.i searched the usps check it should be here the 20th cant put in bank till Monday,so what shouldi do put in the bank and wait to clear befor doing anything ?

    1. I know this was a long time ago but I just received the same thing recently and its the same almost verbatim. Was it a scam? I didnt do anything with the check as of yet. Would appreciate your help. Would be grateful

  9. i own a property mainatence and cleaning company. got a email from a guy in france who is moving to canada and gave me a oshawa address to clean at and was sending 400$ in a certified check to me. i got it in the mail and it was for 4500$ and was told to pay the rest to a moving company. well i took the check to the bank and told them wat happen she said it was a scam and that the check was real but the transaction never took place at all when they called the bank in montreal. so i wasnt out any money but just look out. after doing research i found out it was a house the address is a apartment building and the mover told me there is no unit number. i keep messaging them after i knew and told the niegira ppl. like those fucking niggers are always scamming us we need to blow up and kill all the niggers over there that whole country is scammers. Protect urself and your business! ALSO DONT DEAL WITH NIGGERS AND YOULL ALWAYS BE GOOD

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