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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