New York, NY (Vocus) May 5, 2010
Would you open your door if you knew that the person on the other side was going to take your wallet? Most nannies do everything to educate and protect themselves from harm, yet they let down their defenses when it comes to money. eNannySource.com works hard to protect nannies from scams!
How nanny scams work:
1. The nanny scammer will offer a nanny job without a nanny interview, usually with a high salary.
2. The scammer will usually tell the nanny they are moving to their town.
3. The scammer will send a forged money order or some other form of payment to insure the job or for purchasing items. When the money arrives, it is for much more than expected.
4. They provide instructions to forward the excess money to a third party (really it’s them).
5. After you write your own personal check against your own bank account for the difference or you wire the money straight from your own account, you will find out that the money they sent is fraudulent and the bank will require you to PAY BACK all of the money you sent on to the scammer (sometimes in excess of $5,000)!
Here is a checklist to keep under your keyboard so you will know the signs and when to use that delete key:
- If a family wants to hire you without meeting you or even checking your background, they are most likely a scammer. (Would you hire someone to care for your children whom you have not even met?)
- The offer is too good to be true. You all know what that means.
- Anyone who tells you that they will send you money to purchase items for them – toys, video games, etc. is a scammer.
- If someone says they are moving to your town, but they are currently out of the country, they are a scammer.
- Never accept any form of payment over the internet.
- Never provide banking information.
- Never try to cash a check from someone you don’t know. No legitimate person would send you money up front.
If one or more of these apply, use that delete button!
If you are unsure whether or not someone is attempting to scam you, and you have gone over the checklist, you are welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help concerned nannies. Be smart, be safe, and use that delete button!
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