Nanny Available always puts your safety first and while we have done our best to
make our services as safe as possible there are still scam artists who target
caregiver internet sites and set out to use such services for illegitimate
means- to take advantage of you. Almost all the employers that use our site are
genuine; however, there are still those few people that use our site for
fraudulent purposes. NannyAvailable.com wants to inform you on how to tell these
scammers apart from genuine employers and to teach you on how best to protect
yourself from fraud.
Scam artists work hard to scam hardworking people just like you so should you
have even the slightest suspicion or uncomfortable feeling about an employer or
about a position advertised on our site it is vital that you report it to our
customer services team. We will take every matter brought to us seriously and
any suspicion will be investigated properly.
Ways to stay protected from scam artists:
- Ideally you want to meet with your potential employer or at least
engage with them in a local phone call. Be cautious of anyone that
offers you a position without interviewing you or wanting to meet you in
See the following example.
"We reside in the United Kingdom and we will be coming to US in
about two weeks and we need a babysitter for our 4 year daughter"
If you receive a message with content similar to this 99% of the time it
is a SCAM!
Always Remember to DEAL LOCALLY
- Should someone offer you a position that seems to be too good to be
true; the pay seems unrealistically high and the working conditions too
good then it probably is a scam so contact our customer service
- Scam artists often have elaborate scams involving travel agents,
lawyers and other professional people. Remember; just because someone
claims to be a professional does not make them more trustworthy.
- Never accept advanced payments in the form of checks or by
any other means for your work as scammers have been known to send fake
checks and then ask you to return the money by western union. You will
be the one that is out of pocket.
- Never accept bank deposits to your bank account from someone you
have never met in person. Scammers have been known to hack into
other people’s bank accounts to transfer money to your account, and then
request you return this money to them or purchase some goods on their
- Never give out any personal information, including your bank account
information, credit card, ID or social security number to any employer.
- Never send money by any means to any person claiming to be a
- Any English spelling or grammatical errors in a message you receive
could point to a fraudulent message as often scam artists are working
from non-English speaking countries and have poor English language
- With any doubts or suspicion regarding any employer that contacts
you or any job posting you view, notify our customer services team
Look out for scams similar to the ones below involving an employer wanting to
transfer money to your bank account:
A potential employer will offer to send you a certified check for $4600. Your
bank will receive this certified bank check and will deposit the money into your
bank account for you to use immediately- it is certified after all. This
potential employer will explain that you are to keep the $600 yourself and send
on the $4000 to a specific place as a favor for them by Western Union or Money
Gram. You do as they say and send the $4000 to the destination they request. A
few days later your bank contact you that the original certified check you
received was a fake and you now owe the bank $4000. There is no way to retrace
or retrieve this money as you sent it by Money Gram or Western Union
Alternatively a scam artist may send you a check for $3700- an advance on your
salary but then decide not to hire you and ask you to return the money by
Western union or Money Gram.
A scam artist may also transfer money to your bank account from some hacked
account and ask you to return the money by Western union or use this money to
pay for something.
As tempting as it may be it is important that you never accept money or give out
your bank details to someone you have never met in person.
A few examples of scam emails to look out for, most of these emails actually
come from Nigeria :
Are you looking for a part time job other than babysitting? I am looking for
someone who can handle my personal and business errands at his/her spare time.
Someone who can offer me these services:
Receive my mails and drop them off at Fedex(nothing illegal).
Shop for Gifts
Sit for delivery( at your home) or pick items up at nearby post office at your
Let me know if you will be able to offer me any of these services.
I have a position for you, please contact me at email@example.com and I will
give you more details on the job.
How are you doing today? Hope fine. I just want to use this channel to ask if
you will be available to work for my family.
My name is JERRY.P. Mark and my wife name is Jenny Mark, we are living and
working as a foreign investor in CAIRO which is the capital city of EGYPT, but
we are from Belgium by origin, we will be relocating to US on the 15th of
June, we need someone who will start working with our family on 15th of June
2010,because we were going to be very busy that is why we need someone to be in
charge of our child.
The name of our child is Maria, 5 years and about 3 months old. We need someone
during the week (Monday to Friday) and another person on weekend (Saturday and
We will need someone as well for (Wednesday from to Friday evening, 4pm to 7pm)
you will be resuming work by 8am and close by 3:30pm from Monday to Friday.
On weekend, Saturday you will resume work by 8am to 3:30pm, but on Sunday you
will resume by 11am to 3:30pm, because we will be going to church together with
her. The third offer is from 4pm to 7pm.
Our offer for Monday to Friday is $600.00 and for weekend is $200.00 , and the
Wednesday to Friday evening is $300.00 as well. Just choose the one that please
you or let me know if you can do both, which will be seven days all together, and
your money will be added together for you. A car can be provided for you, if
Our new house address is (Scammers often advertise a US ADDRESS - We found
that the home was up for sale). where your service is needed at.
I want you to contact me through my personal email, so i can always receive your
message in time, because am always on it, (GET BACK TO ME THROUGH MY EMAIL)
I will be waiting to hear from soon, you can also contact me through my
phone...+20149965477. Contact me back with your references to know you are
capable of taking care of our child.