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Do you offer your professional services as a babysitter, nanny, or other kind of caregiver? You may have used websites that can match you up with potential clients – sites like Care.com or Sittercity.com. These sites can be a convenient and efficient way to drum up business. But scammers may misuse these sites. FTC staff has seen complaints about con artists cheating caregivers with a counterfeit check scheme that asks you to send payment to a third party. Details may vary, but, in general, the scam works like this:

Someone replies to your listing on the site, saying they want to hire you to care for their child, parent, or even a pet. They often say they live out of state and are moving to your area soon. They may ask you – with a very persuasive story that tugs at your heartstrings – to accept delivery of special items or medical equipment their loved one will need while in your care. They send you a check to deposit and ask 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.

What’s the problem? The check and the third party turn out to be fake. It takes only a day or two for your bank to make the money available to you, but it can take weeks for your bank to determine a check is phony. If you already withdrew that money, you’re on the hook to pay back the bank. If you’ve already transferred the money to the third party, it’s gone – like sending cash. And, since the recipient can pick up the money from a different money transfer location than the one you sent it to, it’s nearly impossible to find the recipient. That’s how these con artists avoid detection.

So how can you protect yourself? If a potential client urges you to transfer money using a service like Western Union or MoneyGram, it’s probably a scam. Don’t send money to someone you don’t know, either in cash or through a money transfer service. Likewise, don’t deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then transfer the money. No matter how convincing the story, it’s a lie. And, as always, don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial information, regardless of whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text, or an ad.

If you or someone you know was tricked into transferring money – for any reason, report it to the money transfer company:

  • MoneyGram: 1-800-666-3947 (1-800-955-7777 for Spanish) or at moneygram.com
  • Western Union: 1-800-448-1492

Then, report it to the FTC. And you may want to notify the site that’s being misused. The scammer is likely trying to prey on other caregivers looking for work.

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So I just agreed to this kind of scam. What do I do? Just not deposit the check right? I believe I have two weeks before the check comes along with the keys to their apartment. Can I just tear it up and be fine or am I screwed either way?

Don't agree to deposit a check from someone you don’t know. If you deposit a check, then withdraw money to wire it to someone or buy things, you have to repay the bank if it turns out the check was a fake.

If the scheme involved the U.S. mail, submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You also can alert your state Attorney General

My daughter was contacted on care.com with Aussie nanny story with a 3 year old. My daughter deposited the check, but I had her call the bank and cancel the check. They sent a 2nd check today and we called the local police. I'm contacting care.com and reporting the incident there too.

Please file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. That way law enforcement can see the details and use them in investigations. Blog comments don't go into the law enforcement database.

Our Maricopa AZ newspaper was recently posting an Elderly Care job scam from Steven Reynold (stevenreynold7 . He was claiming to be from Georgia, in Australia at the moment, getting medical care for his elderly mother, Rose. When he mentioned paying me for work before I even started, I got suspicious. When he wrote the about sending me a $1600 check upfront for a wheelchair to be delivered Cash on Delivery, I knew immediately that it was a scam. He writes the identical emails, in the exact same order, to whomever responds to his ad.

These are useful details for a complaint. Please file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint, so law enforcement can see the details. Blog comments don't go into the law enforcement database.

Hello everyone So I'm dealing with same thing most of you are.. I responded to a caregiver post and they gave me the whole story about them coming to my area from out of state. I gave them the basic info of my name, address and phone number, age. Before I know it, I'm receiving checks thru the United States Postal Service with priority mail shipping. There is NO WAY IN HELL I'm cashing in a check into my bank account with the words "Credit Union" or Names of people I don't even know. I have cut contact with these scamers but I have received 3 checks already and I don't know what to do now. What can I do to stop receiving these fake checks??

Please file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Because the scheme involved the U.S. mail, you can submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You also can alert your state Attorney General.

It's good that you didn't deposit a check from someone you don’t know. That’s our advice, exactly,  to avoid a fake check scam. Thanks for reading our blog posts!

Hi bridget . I received a check from biancareed0 she said she's deaf and moving in to my town as well and found me at care.com .However I'm not encashing the check and I emailed her I wont proceed to the job I know you are a scammer and please void the check.. I did the right thing Right?

It's good that you didn't deposit a check from someone you don’t know. That’s our advice, exactly,  to avoid a fake check scam.

Please file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. Blog comments don't go into the database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

If you got the check through the U.S. mail, you can submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You also can alert your state Attorney General.

 

Send the checks to the fraud department of the bank on the check.

Maybe they have fingerprints on them or report it to the police please.

I signed up for Care.com a mere 5 days ago, and I've already gotten two text messages from someone who is presumably the same person:

1) MARY- (443) 779-4104 "Hello, My name is mary, I'm presently in maryland but in the process of moving to your area. I read your profile aon care.com and will like to have you as my son's nanny, Starting 18th of July, it will be a full time job. Some weekends are also flexible if you are available but we may need to discuss that in person. I'm willing to pay 18/hour. Kindly email me your resume/references to dmary118 for more details about the position. Thank you." --Before it dawned on me that this was a scam, I replied that I was not in a position to take on a full time job, and was only looking for part time work. I did not get a response. The following morning, however, I recieved this:

2) LINDA PICKTON (312) 701-2431 "Hello,
My name is Linda, I'm presently in Illinois but in the process of moving to your area. I read your profile on care.com and will like to have you as my son's nanny, starting 4th of July, 9am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays only. Some weekdays are also flexible if you are available but we may need to discuss that in person. I'm willing to pay 20/hour. Kindly email me your resume/references to lindapickton for more details about the position. Thank you" Conveniently, Linda's offer was a part time gig.
So my question is this: since I only responded to "Mary" in one text message (in which I declined the offer and didn't hear from her again), should I still report the names & email addresses to both the FTC and care.com? I don't technically have any proof that they are scams, but of course I would very much like to report them.....

Linda Pickton also contacted me and sent me a $3,000 check which she NEEDED deposited ASAP. She was pushy and rude and VERY immature and unprofessional. I went to my bank and it was a scam, so feel free to report it.

OMG OMG I ALSO receive texts and a long list of emails from Linda Pickton and a picture of her and her son who supposedly is in a Wheel Chair! She said she would pay $280 for Saturday and Sunday! I was like wow, sounds like a fun job, I then was emailing back and forth with her and she started talking about me depositing the check and then "trusting me with the remainder of the money to pay for an electric wheel chair" I thought this was odd and started asking questions, and once I did the emails stopped completely. I sent two follow up emails with no reply. I was super frustrated so I looked up her email in a google search and found your posts. Someone should report her.

You can be the one to report this. Go to ftc.gov/complaint and file a report about what happened. You can also tell your state Attorney General’s office.

was it her in the middle and a child on each side. both blonde boys around the age of 5?? she saying its her son and cousin???

I receive text messages all the time and it's the same story and when I text back I'm not interested please stop they said we want "you" but I know it's a scam. They use Internet texting like yahoo etc.
Hi.My name is Naomi.I got your contact from care.com.An acquaintance of mine needs a babysitter/Nanny for their daughter in your area her name isBarbara please email her at: uyiwk112

Thanks this is what they sent.

I was just involved in this same sort of scam. I registered on Care.com. Cherry Valens contacted me by text and then we communicated via email. I am afraid I gave her too much information about me. The last request was that her employer would send me a check. Part of the money was for a COD payment for hearing aids and the rest was my partial weeks payment. I am so embarrassed.

I also registered n care.com and was Contacted by Cherry Valens first by text and then email. She stated she was in Oregon and locating to my area. She stated her mother did when she was 3 months old and was raised by stepmother Teresa. She said Teresa was a dance instructor who was injured and just diagnosed needing to have hearing aid. She wanted me to look after her stepmom for $25 per hour. She askd for my address, then stated she was going to send 550 to me to secure my position and 2400 for the hearing aid for Teresa. I replied that I didn't accept checks per my care.cm profile. Her email is cherryvalens01@ and phone is 541-639-4450. I thought it was a scam and researching I see it is. BEWARE

oh additional information on the scammer. Phone number 872-221-9801 with an email address valenscherry@

****BEWARE****stephaniewilliam0 ..says she deaf and needs care when she moves here for her "old" mother...will pay $25 an hour

This happened to me too. There names were Peggy Beatty and Paige Hall. Also, I just received a text from a Frank Lucas!

Guys I just got scammed, I feel so dumb. I just moved back to the U.S after living in Dubai for 7 years. There's no such thing like this over there. Anyways, I'm dumb, please help! I deposited the money but didn't didnt touch anything of it, I just did this yesterday. Do I call the bank and tell them to cancel it? Then call police and report it? Ahhhhh why did I do that!! I'm so pissed at my self for not googling first, I tried to google and my phone started to act up, really strange as if it was meant for me to pay for my mistake! I don't want to have anything to do with this money?? Please what should I do?

The article Fake Checks provides advice on how to recognize a fake check scam.

If the scheme involved the U.S. mail, submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You also can alert your state Attorney General.

Don't touch the money as the bank WILL charge you for the check amount plus a fee of $20 or so for their trouble. Just wait and the bank will deduct all this from your account in a few weeks. $20 is a small price to pay for such a valuable lesson: If it sounds too good to be true, it's a scam.

Hello is there any way I can see if the check they are sending me is fake?

The article Fake Checks provides advice on how to recognize a fake check scam.

It can be really hard to tell if a check is a forgery.

Under federal law, banks generally have to make funds available to you within a certain time. But just because funds are available does not mean the check is good. It can take weeks to discover that a check is a forgery.

Until the bank confirms that the funds from the check are deposited into your account, you're responsible for any funds you withdraw against that check. If you withdraw money before the bank confirms the check is good, and then you find out the check was a fake, you'll have to repay the bank for the money you took.

I was contacted by a "mother" looking for someone to take care of her 3 year old child "Bryan". She asked for my address and name and I gave her that but nothing else. Is there something I should be worried about?

If you think you found a job scam, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

Find out more about job scams and how to avoid them in this FTC article.

My story is the same as most of yours.I started a care.com profile a few days ago and soon enough I got an email from a stephaniewilliams002.She said she saw my profile and that I fit to watch her to dogs and would pay me $25/hr.Red flags popped up in my head immediately.For one thing I had no references or credentials and I was sure there were others more qualified but at that point I was happy to just have a job so I pushed those thoughts to the back of my head.She even sent a picture of a blonde girl with 2 dogs.I then recieved yet another red flag filled email.First flag she was partially deaf and could not not talk on the phone and could communicate only with emails and texts.Second flag she wanted to give me $2850 up front.$400 for me and the rest would go to supplies for her dogs which would be sent to a hotel until she arrived.I myself own a dog and right away said to myself.There's no way it would be that much.Kennels,doggy beds and food and toys would account for no more than $300-$400 even taking into account that there was two of them.I talked to my girlfriend (my better and smarter half) about my worries and found this site where not only the scam is eerily similar but even her name was in other users rants. Needless to say I told her something came up and to not send a check andcif she does I won't cash it and to be honest she is probably not even a she.Lesson here is if your unsure talk to those who love and care about you.They will without a doubt help and I am extremely lucky to have had such a girl.Good luck to all of you.These people are cruel and take from those who have nothing and deliver false hope.Even actual theives have standardsxl unlike these con artists.

First I want to say to everyone on this site including my self that It is so unfortunate that some of us got scammed. I will be letting care.com know I was scammed in there site. A JOE BRINALES from AL said he needed me to order food items and linens for his mother who lived near me.he sent a very real looking check. I deposited it and got a cashiers check as he instructed and I sent by Fedex. He said it was money upfront for a wheelchair. Most of us who found this website have been or almost scammed.im telling everyone I know what happened to me.I do not blame myself nor am I ashamed. I want to say to all of you who were scammed thank you for being such good people the world needs us and I Would like to say to all the scammers and con artists out there you will never or have any peace for your minds hearts or souls. You will never know the true joy of working hard for money and what it's proper use is for. This experience will not change me. Because you see I would work 3 jobs to support myself. That's the kind of women I am. Justice has been served because I'm not you. Light and Love to all the people who do good in our world.

The check I got came from The Amish Home Gallery in Appleton WI, They have a website and the person who signs the check owns the Gallery. Do you think this furniture gallery is also part of the gang of scamers or are they victims like everyone who got the fake checks?

If you think this is a fake check, you can report to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint and to your state Attorney General and the attorney general in the business' home state. If the check came through the U.S. mail, submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Same thing happen to my mom. I just sent her this link. She is supposed to pick up the check Friday. Thats why Im investigating now. Who hires someone to watch their kids that theyve never met or send someone money you never met?? Scam!

A LORI DAVID emailed me wanting a babysitter, $669 a week. Lives in Los Angeles moving to my area, even has an LA area code. Says she's hard of hearing and works with those hard of hearing. Single mom, two kids, one needs a wheelchair. Said she wanted the "wheelchair seller" to deliver it to my house, pay me a weeks pay in advance so she could "lock me down" wanted my phone #, email address (even tho she was emailing me), home address, age, and a photo of myself......

I just received the exact message myself under the name Mary Anderson. I ended up talking back and forth with her and sending her my address and photo. I hope that doesn't get me into trouble though I don't see how it could. So happy I saw this before going any further!

Jessica Robinson is a scam too! Woman hard of hearing with 6 year old daughter Lisa from Irving Texas

I received a similar email (first she texted me - she got my cell phone from Care.com). Here it is:

-----Original Message----- From: Shirley Marie Sent: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 2:51 am

Hi Dear, Thanks for replying to my message. My name is Shirley Marie .I live in Georgia with my Uncle, but we are moving to your area on 16TH JULY, I'm a Certified Nurse and i will need a Senior Care for my Uncle immediately. His name is Jeff, 65 years old and the time would be from 9am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays and week days, but if you're not available on this days please kindly let me know the days you will be available during the week days and also suitable time for you . This is a long term position but its fine to start temporary. I`m willing to pay 20/hour. I believe its a great pay and i`m paying that much because i want quality care for my Uncle. The start date is 18TH JULY .My Uncle had a terrible accident and lost his wife in JANUARY and currently uses a wheelchair. We have had terrible times in the last few months and this is one of the reasons we have decided to move to you area because staying here brings back some sad memories. Kindly be honest if you have experience with Senior Care because i want the best care for my Uncle. I`m hard of hearing and can only communicate via writing, reading lips or text messaging. I hope that isn`t a problem? I`m easy going and love to laugh. I can send you a picture of me and my uncle in my next email.It will be nice to read about you. I want a Senior Care who is willing to be a friend and family. Please note that i have a few applicants for this position but i made you our first choice so i wouldn't appreciate a waste of time. Kindly reconfirm your information to me for background check.

First Name : Last Name: Full Street Address(not po box) : City, State, Zip Code: Cell Phone Number: Age: Email: Thank You for your time. Shirley Marie .

If she is a nurse, how could she work when she is very hard of hearing? I noticed the similarity between this and some of the others described on this board. Another similarity is that their English is not quite correct in some sentences. I haven't rec'd any requests for money transfers, but I am waiting, not letting her know that I am aware this is a scam.

THIS SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME AS WELL.I RECIEVED THIS EMAIL  Hello

Thank you for your response, I`m seeking a responsible nanny to take care of my child in your area. His name is Brian. Two Months ago, we went on a vacation but we had an accident on our way back home, as a results of the accident, we lost our Dad(Husband), Brian had a leg fracture accident and he is currently placed on a wheelchair as the specialist recommended. Although; he will be able to do things on his own as he gets stronger but we're just taking the precaution measures given by the specialist to prevent further setbacks. If you re interested in looking after my son, you must be honest and understand that he is my source of joy. I have had hard times after loosing my husband and i would appreciate a proper care for my son Brian. We are relocating to LA from Largo, FL on 9th. Is it possible to meet with you on Friday 10th? Just so as to negotiate your daily activities as you look after Brian and also get to know each other in person. You are expected to resume nannying on 11th. Time would be from 9am - 4pm every Saturday and Sundays only. Compensation per weekend is $250. I wouldn't have a problem dropping him off at your place and its fine if you will like to look after him at our place. I will further email you our address in LA before our arrival. I will like to run a background check on you. Also i will like you to provide me with your full name as it appears on your ID, complete mailing address including apartment number and your cell phone number. I have a hearing problem so i will only be able to text and email you until we meet. I will like to know if you are available permanently or temporarily. I am also planning to buy Brian a powered wheelchair prior to our arrival for easy movement and precaution measures for setbacks. However, I'll like you to respond to these questions below :

  1. How would you describe yourself?
  2. why should i hire you?
  3. what are your strengths?
  4. What are your weaknesses?
  5. Do you have a CPR or willing to take the classes going forward?

Please respond back to the questions above and ensure to provide accurate details(Name, Address and Cell Phone #) as requested. Thanks Kimberly Arthur

Then after I answered her stupid questions she wrote back Thank you for the information provided and sorry for the late response. You re only 10mins drive away from us. I have looked you up and i`m comfortable having you care for my child. Brian will be out of the hospital tomorrow and so, we re preparing for the move. The specialist has contacted a powered wheelchair contractor for us in LA, They have the specified wheelchair Brian needs but only a few in stock. I`d like to know if you can help receive the wheelchair at your home so we can pick it up from you when we arrive on 9th. I also was advised that we have you booked before our arrival to ensure you do not take another job or disappoint us on arrival. I understand you may not do so but i`d prefer to pay you for the first weekend to be rest assured we have you for Brian as we arrive.

Please let me know if i can mail your deposit payment check of $250 with the below information. (Then my address was written on it) The wheelchair cost $2170 but i will be sending you a check in the amount of 2420. You will need to deposit the check at your bank and wait for the funds to process so you can keep 250 for your deposit payment and take out 2170 for the wheelchair to pay for it when its delivered to you. The delivery person would issue you a receipt for the wheelchair while you pay her cash for the wheelchair. It will be delivered to your address. The wheelchair isn't assembled yet, its still packed and you may not need to assemble it until we arrive unless you re willing to help. I can issue the payment tomorrow if you are willing to help through the process. Kindly let me know so i can proceed with mailing the payment to you. Thank you and best regards!

Like why are they doing this how is this benefiting them? She wanted me to pay for the wheelchair in cash and no wiring would be involved. Is it just a sheer benefit of watching us struggle? The check just got delivered to me this Morning about an hour ago and thank God I DIDNT go to the bank. She has my house address. Is there a chance I might get duped for that? My SSN and bank account was never given of course but she knows where I live and what School I go to and everything. If anyone can help me with these questions and not link me over to a complaint page that would be great. I almost fell for it too. Its nice to know that I wasnt the only one who fell for the whole act.

Mine was almost verbatim:
Hello Thank you for your response, I live in phoenix but i am moving to your area on 31st of July and i will need a Babysitter for my 6yrs old Son immediately between the hours of 9am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays, Compensation per weekend is $250.I`m seeking a responsible nanny to take care of my child. His name is Andy. Three Months ago, we went on a vacation but we had an accident on our way back home, as a results of the accident, we lost our Dad(Husband), Andy had a cerebral palsy accident and he is currently placed on a wheelchair as the specialist recommended. Although; he will be able to do things on his own as he gets stronger but we're just taking the precaution measures given by the specialist to prevent further setbacks. If you re interested in looking after my son, you must be honest and understand that he is my source of joy. I have had hard times after loosing my husband and i would appreciate a proper care for my son Andy.I have my own business(Self Employed) which is based on the development and canceling of the deaf people in the community. I attend the catholic.You will get to know more when we meet.We can meet at the McDonald near at 6.00PM on friday 31st July. Just so as to negotiate your daily activities as you look after Andy and also get to know each other in person. You are expected to start work on 1st August . You can take care of him in your place or my place whichever you prefer. I will further email you our new address before our arrival.Also i will like you to provide me with your full name,complete mailing address including apartment number and your cell phone number. I have a hearing problem so i will only be able to text and email you until we meet.I am also planning to buy Andy a powered wheelchair prior to our arrival for easy movement and precaution measures for setbacks.Please ensure to provide accurate details (Name, Address and Cell Phone #) as requested.
Thanks. Isabel

I was sent this today offered a nanny job on care.com Hello, Thanks for your response, I am glad to read from you. I am a single Mother of one lovely kid, Kyle, he is 5. I attended Texas School for the Deaf where I achieved my highest qualification. I have my own business (Self Employed). I`m a Christian (Catholic). We are in the process of relocating to your area. I am 37 and I am hard of hearing. I work based on the development and counseling of the deaf people in the community, I am moving to your area in few weeks and I really need a honest and responsible care for Kyle.you don't need a car while you are with him.

More importantly, Kyle is currently placed on a wheelchair due to an accident he had some months ago. He can walk a few distance though but the specialist advised he uses the chair for a while and I am planning on getting him a powered wheelchair and have contacted a seller. You will care for him starting 29th of August. I will appreciate if you can tell me a few things about yourself and maybe attach one or two pictures of you, below are your duties: Cooking for Kyle Caring for Kyle

This could be a temporary/permanent job. It depends on what your schedule looks like but I do like to be sure if you are available the first month. the last couple of months hasn't been good and I wouldn't want to get stocked with my Son on arrival so I`m willing to make a deposit to you ahead of time to ensure a secured appointment to avoid disappointment. The total cost of your pay per weekend is $210($15/hour x 7hours/day = $105/day x 2days). I want to inform you that I have a seminar I will be attending to as soon as I arrive and will be having an interview section with you immediately I arrive with Kyle. Also I will have to send your information to Kyle`s Dad.

I will be needing the following information below to issue out the check to you and I need your direct mobile number so I can text you in case I need to pass an urgent information: Name: 

Address:

City: 

State:

Zip Code: Phone #:

I have made some arrangements with the wheelchair seller, so as soon as you get the payment, you will deduct $210 for your first week and have the rest sent to the wheelchair seller for delivery as soon as the check clears, I hope Kyle will have the best of time while he is in your care and I hope you will treat him right just like yours. Get back to me as I have a lot of stuffs to put in place prior to my arrival. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Thank you and God bless,Sharon Thank you and God bless.

I recieved this exact message I'm so glad I looked this up as things looked sketchy!

Hello Ultiocti, I just received this same message from a woman named Sharon Cowell. Were you able to 100% confirm that this was indeed a scam? Thanks!

I received the same thing.

Received the same information from Sharon Cowell via care.com....

Yep, exact same email from Aleshia Scoot. Thank god I found this website!

I got this exact same email !! I actually got the check and took it to the bank that was on it.. one the express mail envelope I received the check in was addressed for a business in texas which was not actually the business listed there. Two the actual check had a Georgia address on it with suntrust bank up there. I took it t o suntrust in case it was fraud which obviously it was. I Senr a message saying that I was at the bank in that moment and that it was fraud. No response afterwards. I have been tempted to let them know I filed a police report and I have their ip address that I also gave to the police. Made a complaint with the fta and made sure that all the major credit companies and my bank have me on fraud alert. I did not give any information for my bank but people these days are crazy. This person has my address my phone number and pictures of me !!! I am not sure what else to do besides what I have already done. I also called the business that was on the check.. it was a real business and a real account at one point because the lady for the business told me they had to close that account for all the fraud they were caused and that I am not the first person to call and the they were pending investigation

I received the exact message except her name was Verinica Smith

This is the email I got:

Hello, Thanks for your response, I am glad to read from you. I am a single Mother of one lovely kid, Cole, he is 6. I attended Texas School for the Deaf where i achieved my highest qualification. I have my own business (Self Employed). I attend the catholic. We are in the process of relocating to your area. I am 42 and i am hard of hearing. I work based on the development and counselling of the deaf people in the community, i am moving to your area and i really need an honest and responsible care for Cole.

More importantly, Cole is currently placed on a wheelchair due to an accident he had some months ago. He can walk a few distances though but the specialist advised he uses the chair for a while and i am planning on getting him a powered wheelchair and have contacted a seller. You will care for him starting of 6th of march.

I will appreciate if you can tell me a few things about yourself and maybe attach one or two pictures of you, below are your duties: Caring for Cole Cooking for Cole Cleaning Cole This could be a temporary/permanent job. It depends on what your schedule looks like but i do like to be sure if you are available the first month. The last couple of months haven’t been good and i wouldn't want to get stocked with my Son on arrival so I’m willing to make a deposit to you ahead of time to ensure a secured appointment to avoid disappointment. The total cost of your pay per weekend is $350($25/hour x 7hours/day = $175/day x 2days).

I want to inform you that i have a seminar i will be attending to as soon as i arrive and will be having an interview section with you immediately i arrive with Cole. Also i will like to include your pay to our payroll for the period (you are not paying tax). I will need the following information below to issue out the check to you and i need your direct mobile number so i can text you in case i need to pass urgent information: Name: Address: City: State: Zip Code: Phone #:

I have made some arrangements with the wheelchair seller, so as soon as you get the payment, you will deduct $350 for your first week and have the rest sent to the wheelchair seller for delivery as soon as the check clears, i hope Cole will have the best of time while he is in your care and i hope you will treat him right just like yours. Get back to me as i have a lot of stuffs to put in place prior to my arrival. I look forward to hearing back from you. Below is a picture of myself and Cole. you can take Cole to church Thank you and God bless.

Her email is: stewartkaitli           Her name: Kaitlin Stewart I gave her my address for her to send the check before reading this blog...what a bummer! As soon as I get the check I will report it to the authorities. The only reason I thought to look at this email to see whether it was fake was because I got another email from someone who had seen my profile on Care.com who had a pretty similar story. Her email said:

Thank you for your interest in my job offer. I received your email and i`m interesting in hiring you for the weekend position. My name is Gracia Davids. I recently lost my husband in a car accident on our way from a long weekend holiday. I am hard of hearing. I attended the Texas school for the deaf where i archived my highest qualification. I own a business and i`m a strong Catholic member.

I need a responsible nanny for my child who is currently suffering a leg fracture sustained from the accident that took my husband away. He is placed on a wheelchair as recommended by the specialist. Although; he can walk and carry out some necessary cores by himself. However; the Surgeon advised he uses the wheelchair as a precautionary measure and also to prevent injury set back. His name is cole and he will be 7years old in March. The job duties include: Light House Keeping, watch and care for child to ensure safety, initiate games, arts & crafts projects, cleaning the child's room, washing the child's clothes.

I will like you to tell me about yourself. I will also like for you to provide me with your information so i can run a background check on you. I am assuming you already have the job if only your record comes out clean. We re moving to your area to start a new life. Staying here reminds me of my late husband so i thought about moving and discussed with my Bishop who considered it enough reason to relocate. We shall arrive your area on March 17th but the babysitting job begins on Saturday 19th. Do you consider meeting on Friday 18th reasonable? We are going to be available to meet you anytime on 18th. Just let me know where you would like to meet and the time.

The job schedule is 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday`s and Sunday`s only. Compensation per hour is $25 and i`m wondering if you could assist with receiving my child's wheelchair in your house prior to our arrival. He is currently renting one from the clinic here and i found someone in your area with the specified wheelchair he needs at a great deal but she has only one left in stock. If you re willing to help, I`m going to find out the delivery procedure and let you know. More importantly, I have seen cases where people book a nanny and they end up not showing up on the start date,i am hard of hearing and its going to be tough for me finding someone just right away. I understand you might be a different person but i do feel more comfortable booking you for the first weekend by sending your payment of $350 for the weekend of 19th and 20th. This is to confirm you booked for the position to avoid disappointment. I hope my disability isn't a problem and my child being on a wheelchair too? I will like to know if you are available permanently or temporarily.

However, I'll like you to respond to the below question : 1. How would you describe yourself? 2. why should i hire you? 3. what are your strengths? 4. What are your weaknesses? 5. Do you have a CPR or willing to take the classes going forward? Please provide your name, street address including apartment number, city and zip code, date of birth and your primary cell phone number so i can text you back with further details as soon as i`m done with the background check. I await your quick response. Thank you! Gracia Davids This person's email is: groundance            They both sent pictures of "them" and their alleged child. I wish I could post them on here!

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