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BBB President Warns Nannies About Scams

May 30, 2012
Today the president of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a warning to nannies using online sites to find nanny jobs after a college student fell victim to a popular nanny scam.
The Better Business Bureau also offered the following tips for identifying a nanny or babysitting scam:
  • Be cautious if a “parent” wants to communicate only via text messaging or emails.  He or she might be trying to hide a foreign accent or withhold a phone number.
  • Look out for emails or texts containing poor English or grammatical errors.
  • Be wary of anyone who is hesitant to give out personal information, such as place of employment, address, names of friends or other references. He or she might be fearful of a potential employee checking out his or her background.
  • Beware of “sob stories” or anything else that appears to try to get sympathy.
  • If a potential employer asks you for money for any reason, it is likely a scam.  Never transfer money via Western Union, MoneyGram or a Green Dot Money Card to anyone you do not know.
eNannySource supports the BBB warning and encourages caregivers to follow these tips for identifying scams when looking for a job online.

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Beth says:

Sharing this!

Sharon P. says:

Reposting to my FB and blog.

Holly says:

Ugh, I heard about this today. Will be spreading the word. Nannies beware!

Lauren Davis says:

Horrible. Just horrible. Hopefully no more nannies fall victim to this senseless crime.

Olivia K. says:

Thanks for sharing!!

Lilliana says:

Some people are just awful! Thanks for spreading the word!