Nanny for Hire
How the scam works:
(with video below) You have always loved kids and decide to post your resume online looking for a job as a nanny, babysitter, or caretaker. Platforms such as Care.com or Urban Sitter are great for finding such gigs.
After posting your resume, you receive a message from a loving family with a little baby. They are friendly and are willing to pay an amazing wage as they really want the best for their little darling. You are on a shortlist with some other promising candidates and they want to get to know a bit more about all of you so that they can make the best decision for their family. The Nanny Scam comes in two variations:
Scenario 1. While at the interview, they mention that you are really their first option, but they're concerned in case you are applying for other jobs and aren't really serious about this one. They suggest you pay a deposit, which you will get back.
You really want this job as they sound like nice folks and the wage is great. Now you are really worried in case they pick someone else from their short list so you agree to pay the deposit. You've just been scammed, since there is no darling little baby, no loving family, just the scammer.
Watch the video below to see in action this variation of the scam exposed.
Scenario 2. Your employer might claim to be a mom who is deaf or mute and needs help with her son who is bound to a wheelchair. To soften up the story, she might say that she's moving with her son to your city after she lost her husband in a car accident, which left the son injured as well.
In this case, after 'hiring' you, the scammer asks you to purchase a brand new wheelchair for the son, for the day when they arrive in town. She will send you a check for a couple of thousand dollars just so you can buy the wheelchair in time. As soon as you receive and deposit the check into your account, the scammer will ask you to purchase the wheelchair from a specific company right away, which will make you send $2,000 to an unknown company. Little do you know that the check she just sent you will bounce in a few business days and you'll be in debt.
How to avoid:
Don't ever pay for a job – the job is supposed to pay you. Never accept checks in great amounts from companies you don't know anything about. On the other hand, companies such as Care.com urges its users to be vigilant and background check the 'employees' extremely well.
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