7 Reasons to be Cautious of an Advertised Nanny Job

Being the caretaker for someone else’s child is a trusted position that is often rewarded with lucrative pay.  Competition for these coveted jobs can be stiff, so when you come across an ad on Craigslist promising $1000/week, you’re sold.  But before you sign away your time and babysitting expertise, be incredibly wary of potential scams.  In particular is a profitable and popular scam known as the Nanny Scam. In the past few years, a number of nannies seeking work have fallen victim to this fraud.

eNannySource describes how the Nanny Scam works.  The nanny scammer, posing as a parent, posts an ad seeking a nanny and offers high-pay and appealing working costroller 150x150 7 Reasons to be Cautious of an Advertised Nanny Jobnditions.  They hire the nanny without an interview or face-to-face meeting. The scammer creates an elaborate story about how they are moving in from out of town and want to send an advanced payment in order to secure the nanny for the job.  When the money order arrives, it is for more than promised and played off as a “mistake”.  The scammer requests the nanny to deposit the check, keep the amount that covers her salary, and then wire the excess amount. At this point, your money has been sent to the scammer and the bank has discovered that the check is fraudulent.  The bank will then require you to payback all of the money you deposited, including the money you sent to the scammer. According to eNannySource, this can sometimes be up to $5000.

So what are the signs that you may be getting scammed? eNannySource suggests that if one of more of the following is true, you probably are a victim of a Nanny Scam:

  • A family wants to hire you without meeting you or even checking your background. Would you hire someone to care for your children whom you have not even met?
  • The offer is too good to be true
  • Anyone who tells you that they will send you money to purchase items for them – toys, video games or a wheelchair.
  • Someone says they are moving to your town, but they are currently out of the country.
  • You are asked to accept any form of payment over the Internet.
  • You are asked for banking information.
  • You are asked to cash a check from someone you don’t know. No legitimate employer would send you money up front.

To read the full article visit, http://www.enannysource.com/find-nanny-job/nanny-scam.aspx

NOTE: eNannySource is a BBB Accredited Business

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About Katie Burgoyne

I am the Communications Intern for the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, VA. I hail from Northern VA and am currently a senior at Villanova University majoring in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations.