Nanny Scam

Scammers are using Care.com claiming to be parents and then sending bogus checks in advance.

Who Is It Targeting: Jobseekers on Care.com

What Is It: Scammers are posing as parents on Care.com and contacting jobseekers with opportunities. In this scam, the perpetrator explained they were moving to the United States soon and provided payment in advance for the nanny services. The victim received a cashier’s check with instructions to deposit the check, deduct their first week’s wages and then deposit the remaining cash into the perpetrator’s account. The victim is then drained of their account after the check bounces.

What Are They After: Money

How Can You Avoid It: Always be weary of a financial transaction that involves depositing money into more than one account. Be aware that you are responsible for any transactions that involve the bank (withdrawals, deposits, etc) as stated in the fine print. In addition, falling for this type of scam can also put you at risk to be scammed again because scammers re-sell victim information to other scammers, making you a potential target for identity theft. And lastly, utilize the fraud detection tools made available on Care.com.

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For full details of this scam check out this article from NBC4.

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