Looking for a job as a nanny, babysitter or caregiver? Be careful when responding to job postings or emails. A new scam is preying on job seekers.
How the Scam Works:
You spot a help-wanted ad online or receive an email from a "recruiter." A couple is moving to the area and looking for a nanny for their children or a caregiver for an elderly relative. The family currently lives in another state, but they want to hire someone before they move.
The job sounds like a great opportunity, so you respond to the ad by sending an email with your resume. You get the job -- without an interview -- and will start in a few weeks! However, your new boss just needs you to run an errand before the family arrives. In one common scenario, you need to accept the delivery of a medical device. Your employer sends you a check to deposit and asks you to keep some money as payment for your services and then transfer the rest to a third party - supposedly to pay for the goods.
Don't do it! The check and the third party are both fakes. It can take weeks for your bank to determine a check is phony, and if you withdraw the money before that time, you're on the hook to pay back the bank. If you've already transferred the money to the third party, it's gone.
How to Spot a Job Scam:
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