Am I being scammed?
I have been on care.com for about a month and I just received my first job offer! But now the woman is sending some strange messages via text message. It is not an area code from my county- she says she is relocating here soon, she wouldn't tell me where though... She asked for my name, mailing address and email address. Kind of weirded me out so I asked her why she needed these things. She never replied, so I called. She didn't answer my phone call, and the number was a texting app. Just kind of strange to me. I know on a texting app you can choose your area code..
That is more than likely a scam. Usually people who tell you they are relocating to your area, won't answer any of your questions, and ask for personal information are just trying to trick you. I've had someone try and scam me and know several people who have had it happen to them.
But how do they scam you? What do they do?
I have had a few similar experiences. One person said they were moving nearby and wanted someone to go to their house to receive deliveries, while they were at work. The pay rate sounded fair, and the hours were good. I made sure to ask who their realtor was, and said I would only move forward if we met ahead of time in a public place. They wanted to meet at a local park at 9am during the week. I didn't respond again, because the park is huge, and I got the creeps. There aren't any security cameras where they wanted to meet. We must be alert and aware when we are meeting prospective clients.
Care seems to be having a problem with these scammers. DO NOT REPLY TO THE SCAMMERS. IT IS A SCAM !
Same thing happened to me. Lady, Elizabeth Scallan, says she and husband Peter ate moving to area and need help with mother, they'll send me a check and I take out my $300 advance to clean and prepare house and get the rest $2,645 to a store manager for a w/c and other needs for the mother. It seemed like a scam, I emailed her that it seemed like a scam never heard back, after I send my address, never directly answered important questions, they sent a Treasure's Check priority mail from Jennifer Bourne WERR Services LLC California for $2,945 from Constellation FCU Resting Virginia re: Antonio Miranda
Way to be vigilant! This is textbook behavior from a scammer and you should report that individual's account to Care.com.
Good luck in the rest of your job search!
I am not sure if she is or not, and I don't have her account, just her name. She said she wants to meet for an interview, but "can't talk on the phone". Kind of scary..
If you know her last name you should still report her. If she wants to meet in a public place for an interview that's fair and not uncommon. Make sure you don't give her any personal information. Definitely proceed with caution as her behavior is typical of scammer.
Report? The sheer number of cases I've heard of indicates that this is system-wide. Care.com needs a better solution. How about we report it once.....it keeps happenng, so reporting it over and over is clearly not accomplishing anything.
If you know someone you don't like, create a fake care.com profile with their phone number!
I had same thing. Always a text wanting you to send a resume and contact through email. I was fooled the first time. I sent resume as requested through email then several days later I received a text ( not a reply through email) that position was filled but they had another position as an assistant wanting me to pick up packages or have them delivered to my home, open them and then send them to location they instructed. Weird crap that was obviously someone stealing and charging on a credit card that wasn't theirs. They then asked for my address, my age and gender,( wth would you even need that for a 'job') along with some other info ( especially when some of requested info is already on my profile and why would you keep texting instead of calling or replying through email where I sent the resume!) Scam! So, I sent address of local police department and requested that packages be sent there. Haven't heard anything back. I ignore or block any others I get like that.
I've received these SCAM messages in the past. Never fell for it - keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true, it most often is! I hadn't received any of these scam messages for a couple years, though have received a few during over the last few weeks. Right off, I know they are scam and report them to care.com. I actually had received a message from care.com recently, advising that they had removed a specific profile (looking to hire), though did not provide further information as to why. I had previously received a message from this particular person, though never responded as I knew it was a scammer. Don't take time to respond to these scam messages. They all have some sort of a similar line about moving to the area soon, and all want to send you a (bogus) money order. I think care.com needs to develop some sort of filter in order to weed out these type scammers.
I would report the number and if you got her name they can trace the profile of the person and let them check out what is going on. In the meantime I would recommend you keep looking. PMathis RN BSN MSP DC
How do you report numbers and names this has happened to me 2x ive been on care.com for 3 days...
I would immediately contact the care team ( contact us) and report the scam - someone from the team will look into it so provide them with as much information as you can - how did they contact you. Who was it that contacted you if you have the information. I was scammed yesterday but did not open the link as I don't prescribe to text messages and this is how the message came in - so I knew better than to open in. Care.com wants to keep us safe unfortunately the people using the site get through and it is our job to report it so they can stop it.
Nice catch! I got a couple of spam texts too and both mentioned they are moving to "my area". I think the spammers send out the same message to a bunch of people at the same time. I was suspicious because nothing in the message specified they knew anything about me (name and location), which is actually a comforting thing.
Care.com has an article if you are worried it might be a scam.
Thanks for sharing this article. I received a strange text yesterday & I appreciate the link!
I just found this app and accepted it to possibly find a parent group and possibly advertise for a pet sitter at times... I'm nervous now that this is not a good forum since it sounds like you all have have had scams contacting you. Is this app bad news? Thanks so much!
Yes, its a scam. Anytime they say "Im moving to your area" its a scam . I received many of those
Thank you for your help, I am new on Care.com and trying to see if the upgrade is a must.
I got the same scam text as well twice, the first time I sent my resume. The second time, I knew it for what it was, I had fallen prey to the same type of scam while job hunting.
This is a scam, do not reply with your name or address at all. There are sites that show similar stories explaining that they are scams. Popular ones include a handicap young boy along with a mother who is deaf at hearing.
Wow...this is so unfortunate. I received a message that is similar. Her name Brandy and her son's name is Jason. I'm new to care.com and I gave some information (address and DOB). The format of the email is the same as the one shown. She was hard of hearing and went to the same school in TX.
It's a scam. I'm part of 3 different care sites and this is the ONLY one that I have to pay for and is the ONLY one that I get scams about. It's very frustrating. I contacted care.com support about it and they didn't seem to care at all.
Hey, what's the other job sites ? I've been trying to look for a job and this care.com doesn't help with scams
What are the other job sites that you are on? Care.com isn't helping me find a job. It is very frustrating and I NEED to find a job asap!! Please let me know as soon as you see this comment. I would really appreciate it! Thank you!!!
I've just been scammed while applying for jobs. Financially devastated. So, I'm very wary. If you provided services and have not been paid. Most likely a scam. Do the messages have poor English? Lots of misspelled words, or words that are awkward? Or sentences that just don't make sense because English isn't first language? If you think something isn't right...it's not. You should notify local police and file a report. Keep all your records. Notify you Attorney General when you get a police report file number.
I have been wondering if one of the jobs I have been looking at is a scam. The guy's name is Buckner Graham. Has a daughter named Kristy, and said his wife had breast cancer. I thought it was legitimate job until he started to ask for my address, a picture of me, wanted to pay me up front and get his daughters some toys. I thought he was a guy that my friend told me about that was looking for someone, but then I found it that was a single mother with the name Kristy and had a six year old daughter. I am afraid to contact him again.
So after reading this I realize I am most likely in the middle of a scam...how do I proceed?? So glad I found this thread
I was almost scammed by a "relocating family". I felt like it was a little strange so I looked up "nanny scams" and I found this
1. The Nanny Job
Some scammers post jobs for nannies and babysitters, targeting the young and inexperienced. They claim they’re moving to the area and need someone to look after their children. They generally offer a nice salary, but not outrageous enough to ring any alarm bells. Once they “hire” someone, they’ll mail them a check along with instructions about exactly what to do with the money. These instructions might be things like buying groceries for the new house, taking out an amount for their salary, and paying the rent to the new landlord.
And that’s the scam. The check the scammer sends the employee is not good and the “landlord” is a part of the scam. The employee will send money from her own account, relying on the employer’s check to cover it, and then everyone disappears. The employee, who thought she had landed a great job, is now out the money and on the line for all of it."
I immediately declined the job and flagged the post!
i've received at least 3 of these a week since reconnecting with care.com. They're all out of state area codes and almost all have identical messages, wanting me to email an outlook email address. All saying they got my number from here. Ive looked into it and it is a scam. But does anyone know a way to have them stop texting you? i don't want to take information off of my profile for an actual potential job, however I also don't want to continue to be harassed by these texts weekly.
This is the email I received after a text that was sent to me regarding a dog sitting job.
thanks for your response concerning the Pet sitting, my name is Katelyn. I am a single Mother of two, Allen and Alex, they are 5 and 1+ years respectively...I attended California School for the Deaf where I achieved my highest qualification. I have my own business. I attend the catholic. We are in the process of relocating to your area. I am 40 and I am hard of hearing. I work based on the development and counselling of the deaf people in the community and i will need your services for my dog (Wesley) a Golden Retriever starting from 19th of September. 9am-1pm Monday- Thursday “or" 9am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays, he is friendly. Your services will be:
2. Taking him for a walk.
3. Wellness check
4. Playing with him
Like I said we are relocating and have already made arrangement for the Wesley as well, I really took my time in going through your profile and it got me rest assured that you are a very reliable pet sitter so for this reason I would love Wesley to be in your care, I've also ordered for a special Kennel for him which he would be living as his house when we arrive and I want them to be ready before our arrival so everything can be in place. This could be a temporary or permanent job since you are unemployed for now it depends on what your schedule is like but I do like to be sure if you are available the first two weeks. I made some research on the wages for your service and i have decided to start with $400 per week. You will be paid $400 for the first week pending on my arrival and as time goes we can negotiate on a new pay as Wesley gets along with you. I want to inform you that i have a seminar to attend as soon as I arrive and will be having an interview section with you immediately after the seminar. Also I will like to include your pay to our Payroll for the period just to have you booked down and secure for my dog as his sitter. I will need the following information below to issue a check out to you under the supervision of my Payroll. I need your direct mobile number so I can contact you and have immediate response whenever I contact you in case I need to pass urgent information:
I have made some arrangements with the Doghouse seller about the kennel, Dog Foods, Cream and some other necessary accessories (pet utilities) as soon as you get the payment you will deduct $400 as your salary for the first week and have the remaining balance which is for the Kennel to the Sale Representative for shipping. I hope Wesley will have the best of time while he's in your care and you will treat him right just like yours. Get back to me as I have a lot of issue to put in place prior to our arrival. I look forward to hearing back from you.
Thank you and God bless
It's crazy how I got the exact same message. The only difference is the dog was named cookie and her kids were 3 and 1. These scammers are copying and pasting their messages to everyone.
Yes! I just received the same message about a dog named cookie, woman's name is Helena. Wanted me to start May 11th, 2018. Literally every same word, wanted to pay $25 an hour. Asked for the same information. Good thing I caught this as I will not be scammed!
I had worked with care.com on another issue similar to this one...but very, very odd. If you smell a rat it probably is a rat...in my instance the people were playing on emotions...saying they had a sick child in a well-known children's hospital...turns out they were living but a mile from the hospital and hitting people up for money. I reported them and they were arrested...
If it doesn't feel, report them...there are some really shady people at times. Best to really read the offering and ask questions when you reply...I've had people post that there were from one city and ask for childcare in another...only to find out (through questions) that they were not looking at all.
I just read another question on here from someone else who sounded like she may have had the same person. Clearly a problem, good thing you recognized it, and I hope you reported it!!! :)
Probably a scam. I had this happen to me. Sent a check and it was fake. Most of the time
I get about two a week. Always texts, always full of punctuation and spelling errors, always asking me to respond via email. At first I was fooled for a bit, but they requested my bank information for direct deposit, and that sent off warning bells. I told Care.com about that and they just told me to use their messaging system so now I ignore all messages not going through the site itself.
I've been getting the same scam messages on my phone too. It is getting really frustrating.
Me too. Is care.com doing anything about it? My phone number is locatable many places online but this is the only place where it gets abused like that.
are phone numbers visible to casual visitors? They should have to register with care.com and have their profiles reviewed before they can view user's phone numbers or cntact them.
you encourage care providers to get background checks and ID verfication...but what about our protection?!?!
I agree, and what if the child has an accident (i.e. Breaks a bone)? How are we protected if an employer decides to sue even if you did everything possible to help prevent it? Because accidents happen.
For sure a scam...starting to think Care.com is a scam too. Pay for this, pay for that...still no responses to messages
I disagree. I've used Care.com since it began and have had little issue getting responses to messages in general. I WILL say I of course liked it better when it was parents who had to pay for access to sitters and sitters did not have fees for full access to communicating with parents, but it also isn't unreasonable to be paying a small monthly amount to have the highest access to parents whom are more likely to be seeking out higher skilled (and therefore higher paid) caregivers than what you would find when delving into the depths of craigslist for free to find a $5/hr sitter. There of course parents with low pay expectations here too but also a significantly higher rate of those looking to pay more than on Craigslist. Lack of response generally is in one of a few categories: 1) Parents who initially seek you out and message you first who after some communication back and forth rather than responding to let you know they feel you are not a good fit for an interview just don't respond to you. This can be lessened by making sure you meet all of the experience, skill, and pay expectations as well as availability expectations of anyone you message and also making sure you write to them in a professional manner with as proper spelling and grammar as possible. Proofreading is key. The better you present yourself the more likely you are to get an interview or response. There are tons of sitters out there, make sure you stand out to them. Since joining Care.com I have never had an instance where I get no response letting me know if an interview is desired by a family after we have started communication with each other. 2) If you are NOT paying the premium service and a parent doesn't message you first that parent has no idea you messaged them unfortunately. Yes it stinks that they make you pay to have maximum communication abilities with parents, but it is what it is. If you are only using the free services of the site the only way a parent can know you exist and communicate with you is if they specifically search sitters in their area and like your profile. So it's not a matter of the parent being rude and not responding, they have no clue you messaged them. And 3) Parents who legitimately aren't interested in you from the get go or filled a job and just never took it down so they don't answer at all after you send a message indicating interest in their job if you do have the premium access - generally few and far in between but it does happen. I have had a small handful of positions I applied to that fell into this category over the years, but not too often, and certainly not enough to matter in the long run because I have been able to obtain many high paying for my area ($15-25/hr) positions using care.com, everything from occasional date night sitting to weekly nanny positions.
For those of you receiving text messages, Care.com has privacy settings that prevent your number from showing on your profile. It is automatically set to make your profile public (viewable to non-members, such as via Google searches), and make your number visible. If you change these settings, random passerbys of your profile will not be able to see your phone number. That way, if you talk over e-mail correspondence and have some suspicion, you can mark it as spam and be done with it. You shouldn't have to worry about them getting your number as well. Hope that helps!
I always refer questions like this to the care.com team - I have seen posts from the care professionals when an active scam has filtrated into the system. I just think if something doesn't feel right contact care team. If your settings are not set to receive texts and you get a direct - check you settings and contact the care team with as much information as possible. I don't think this answer tells the person asking what they need to hear.
Happend to me this week received the check. Thought a little fishy. Called the bank it was from FRAUDULENT. MOoving to my area needed someone to care for her mother.....
What i Say to Them is if you Find me through Care.com Contact me through Care.com Any other way is FRAUD And once I Say that i do not Hear form them Again
it is ruining my Chances of finding a job I am relocating to Clearwater Fl
Sounds like a scam. I would drop this woman immediately, and contact care.com about this.
I have received the same and in my opinion it's a scam trying to get information of ours!! The same thing is always said about moving to our area and wanting to hire before even meeting smdh.
I had the same thing happen to me.I was told by the care.com team not to reply to these people because they don't have an account with care.com company.they are scamming and they are no good and don't need any help like they said
Ive gotten two of these text messages and they seem way to good to be true! they arent using Care.com just texting me! Its annoying cause i need a job and these people mare abusing this site
I got a text and an email from two ladies. One text saying she has a friend that needs a caregiver for her son and asked if I could email her. I did to see what she had to say. The lady sent me a really long detailed email saying that she will be accepting a job in my area and will be relocating here soon from Canada to my area. She explained everything she needed and it was for her daughter. But the text I got from her friend said it was for her son ?? The email was asking me for my address and phone number to be able to send me a check to secure my services. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A SCAM LIKE IVE BEEN READING FROM OTHERS ON CARE.com. Good luck everyone. Stay away from these crazy people !!!
I just got a text from a lady in New York saying they are relocating to my area and would like my to care for her 5 year old son. Says shes self employed.
Its a scam! I received a similar message saying they were going to move here soon. They wanted my address, phone number, and more personal information. Be careful. I hope this helps!
I have received a lot of those texts and I would not respond to any of them unless they message you through care.com. I have actually blocked those numbers so they can't text me again. Don't even respond back to them.
I think a good way to avoid texting scams would be to not allow your number to be just out there. Set up an email account just for this application, and go online to look for job opportunities. Don't give anyone your numbers until you know they are actually offering a work opportunity.
be smart, be vigilent. Use common sense, of course it's a scam. Care.com has many useful articles regarding safety for both families and caretakers, it's worth your time to read them all thoroughly.
And don't forget, check out your local day cares, nursery schools etc. They are always looking to hire, even if it's part time. What a great way to get a reference for future care.com applications.
It's a great idea I think to ask all your customers to communicate with you through the Care.com system. Most of the real people who contact you will be happy to do this, since it's basically insurance for them just as much as it is for you. That helps eliminate texting scammers.
I've gotten these too. If they aren't being professional in grammar and in their business with you, you can safely assume they're a scammer. Especially when you ask them to message you on the Care.com website and they don't or they start making tons of excuses!
Hi everyone, I've been in the same situation with people moving to "my area" and looking for pet sitters. I got the exact same email as someone listed here about a woman with her dog Cookie who teaches the deaf or something. Anyways, I gave her my address, name, and a picture of my face before I realized it was fishy. What kind of scam is this? Is it for money or something much worse? Should I be worried for my safety?
I recieved a request from a man to take care of his mother; he was in california burying his dad and bring his dementia ill mother back here to fl to live with him..Offered $25 an hour for 40 hour week. I advised that due to other clients I could not do 40 hours but could be considered as a relief or fill in.. This morning Fed ex showed up with a bank check for $2500. and within 10 minutes a text asking if Id recieved it.. To please deposit it and text back-- I told him I was occupied and would do it as soon as possible. My husband and I went to find his supposed home where he was suppose to be coming to Sept 15th-- no such address, went to bank had them run the check without depositing--- sure enough BOGUS!! Police dept stated they cant do anything because no crime had been made because I did not deposit or cash the check... When he texted back tonight to see if I deposited I responded--- yes I did, thank you, sorry for your luck!!! His response was I dont understand! I need you to goto Walmart are wire $750 to an art dealer to make the down payment on a painting I ordered for my mother to make her happy... My response was-- What part of Sorry For Your Luck do you not understand? Youve been Scammed!!! His response was Im calling the law!! mine-- Please do!
FYI- ad on here was Benard, Check was Duan... In florida if you dont cash it--no crime, so unfortunately they will try again..
All these scams....so sad. I'm a newcomer on care.com and just couple of days after establishing my profile, I got a text message from some one asking me to babysit for their son.The phone number's area code is from WA; what I found unsettling was that he/she wanted me to only reply via email!!?? well, I did and I hope it's not going to come I bite me back later.The person hasn't replied back ever since.Let's just be careful with the creeps and crooks out there.
I need input ASAP - Woman named Patricia Belcher and her husband John want me to care for two large dogs. They said they sent a check via FedEx on Monday .....no check as of yet and today is Thursday. Just heard from her and says she is tracking the check. I then asked if she would address a list of 12 questions I emailed last week. She asked 'what questions?' PLEASE PLEASE reply. She has my name,address and phone. Both my husband and I are out of work. A scam would wipe us out. Donna MN
Scam. If you get an email asking for your info, and they send you a large check. Do not cash it. Stay away from anyone asking for info before you talk to them on the phone
I always reply asking them to contact me though the care.com website. Not one has done so. Do not provide any personal information. There are websites and phone numbers you can call to see if it is a current scam
Almost without fail if someone texts you offering you a job (especially one you did not apply for) or says they are researching for their friend and says they are moving to your area. It is a scam.
I had the same experience today. Got an email from Elena Chesterfield offering a job to take care of her mom. It sounded odd so I looked the name up on the internet and sure enough it is a scam!!
Yes most definitely
I almost got scammed from lady who said is moving from Australia and wanted me to buy groceries. She said to take care her mother in law. Tiffany Darrow. Smelled like a scam when she said to send me a huge check to buy groceries. I asked her for her address in the USA when she moves but after that none response.
Trust your gut and move on. There is always another job. The headaches associated with being scammed will last a lot longer.
yes you are being scammed do not reply when you get those messages. I almost fell for it as well. They will send a fake check on a piece of paper that looks like the real thing. But we caught it before I put it in the bank thankfully. we went to the police department and they said it was not real
I have had a situation recently with a woman contacting me saying her name is "Ellen Ethan" and her, her husband, and baby will be relocating to my area. She asked if I can babysit her baby and help with the smooth transition of her family moving to my area. After a few more emails she asked if I can deposit a check and send it to a destination. I thought it was a weird offer and looked up the house that she said she was moving into. I found out that the home has not been on the market since 2012 and no one has bought it. Be careful of scams.
That is certainly a scam. Never give out that information and usually I would report them if they ask for that information. Sittercity has a lot of people who do it just to scam people and the website will usually pick up on it and terminate their account.
Absolutely do not give her any information. It throws all kinds of red flags up for me. I am very careful to watch for people like these. Unfortunately, we have these people to deal with. Yes, I do believe it is a scam to get your personal information.
I got the same text message on my 2nd day joining, only for pet sitting (same woman only with a golden, and she even emailed me fake photos of her and her dog "Wesley". This concerns me very much, and have since unchecked my phone number being visible on my profile. Apparently only those seeking jobs are screened, not those seeking to fill positions.....scary what's lurking in this system. Care needs to crack down on these people or they will lose members. I won't upgrade until such time.
Strange, Ive been getting the same thing. People moving into my city, email address links that wont work...its really odd.
Got a long-winded scam email today. There's a lot of things to look for. If they offer large sums of money in advance (in the very first communication especially), and if it looks too good to be true - it probably is.
Unfortunately, I have reported some of the people scamming users on Care.com to Care.com and then they turn right around and start scamming again under another ScreenName. Same scams.
Very disappointed - I actually deactivated my prior Care.com account last year when I kept getting messages from what started as legitimate sounding ads but then turned into scammers even trying to pose as other home care agency representatives.
Some of the same people are also posting ads constantly for the same jobs and when you respond, they never respond back. In the case of one who did respond, she immediately was hostile in her response and not very nice.
I am reputable professional caregiver and an actual licensed nurse (not a self-annointed home care aid, or CNA) so there should be people willing to have a nurse with a license in good standing working for them.... but most seem to want the unskilled, might steal your medications and other things, pay them barely above minimum wage care givers.
This is a scam - NEVER give out your personal information.
Yes this is a scam! I just had this same exact thing happen to me, same story and all. They claim they are relocating to the area and their end result is to get your information then they will send you a fake check to deposit into your account. I've had this happen twice already in a week so be aware!
I agree with the others with my situation; that must be frustrating for you. Be safe ..
Scam going to unsubscribe. Care.com should take care of this. Both my daughter and I are getting similar texts asking for money for a wheelchair etc.
i got a check in the mail i call the bank they said the account don't exist it was a cashier check if you get one of these it a scam. The check was for 1960 Dont cash it.
I'm having a similar issue. I have my phone number listed in my general information and I keep getting text messages from various different phone numbers. All of these text messages I have received look like they are from a spam account. They all generally say the same thing- they're from out of town and just recently moved here looking for a nanny who they would pay $30/hour. . Best of all, when I ask if they can contact me through care.com, they stop responding. It definitely seems like spam.
If the communication is outside of Care.com, I either ignore it or reply STOP. I have received six texts since signing up a couple of months ago. Many of the texts are very similar, if not the same, as what you all have received. Be careful.
That has happened to me too, and yes, it is a scam. I recommend completely cutting ties with them and responses for your own financial and personal safety.
I just had the same thing happen. I got a response within the first hour of putting up my job description. She said her name was Kimberly vessey wanted my full name mailing address and email said I would be making $500 a week. I would just be cleaning her house and running errands for her.
I also just had this happen to me. A woman named Brooke Jackson messaged me looking for someone to help with her dog. The pay was reasonable and nothing seemed off so i e-mailed her. She did ask for my resume, which i did not send, for safety reasons. As i was typing an e-mail to her i noticed she had also attached the job posting, so i clicked it and saw the location was another city 5 1/2 hours away from me. I asked her about this in the e-mail. At this point i was slightly suspicious. She e-mailed me back today with a very long e-mail, that was typed awkwardly, and didn't make much sense. She claimed to be a single mother of 2 boys 3 and 1, and she attended the California school for the deaf. She talked about her dog cookie, a golden retriever. She then offered me $15 more per hour than originally stated. She said she wanted to get me on her payroll immediately and asked for my name, address, and phone number. She also asked for some details about myself, and pictures of myself. I knew right away that this was a scam, and did some research to see if this was a common scam, and discovered that it seems very common! I reported her, and blocked her on care.com and also reported and blocked her e-mail. Do not continue contact with someone if you have a similar experience!
This is exactly what happened to me but I was stupid enough to actually send my picture and address although not my complete address and now I don't know what to do. I'm very scared
It's so sad to know that people go out of their way to scam others. There's no doubt in my mind that you are being scammed but it is a great lesson to learn from and advise others that this can happen to anyone. I would block the number at that point and just be cautious from here on out. I prefer to do all communication through the site until the person hiring decided to call me (rarely text) for an interview. I never give out my personal information. If they need anything that care.com doesn't offer then it's not worth the risk.
This is a scam. My new wife had the same thing happen to her. She ended up getting a fraudulent check that she was sent by her bank to let law enforcement know. She was advised to let care.com know and even all info was given the same woman waa right back up on the sight prowling for new prey. Be careful and even if a "cashier's check" is recieved do not cash it! My girl put it in her account, bur didn't spend it or send money back. Instead went to her bank and they found it was a fraud and the trust did not exist. Care.com failed as far as pulling the womans profile off their site. Very pitiful
this is definitely a scam.
I just received this email and I gave false information plus I reported it as phishing.
Sorry for the late reply, I am Mrs. Elena Chesterfield From Canada. Am relocating to your area i work for the
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
PO BOX 9732 STN T
OTTAWA ON K1G 4G4
Am hard of hearing and i communicate through sign languages and i can read lips, I have a tight schedule in the office and i will be relocating to the United States for a 3 Months course, Please note i will be getting a promotion after the course so i need to perform excellently well, this is where you will come in and help me watch over my little angel Megan, shes lovely and she laughs a lot, she gets along with people well and she likes making friends, lots of them.
I have instructed my office to check with conducive hotels around your cross-street, when i have the reservation details on my desk i will furnish you with the booking information so you would know where we shall be staying. Hence you shall babysit Megan either at my rented suite or at your residence provided her comfort is guaranteed. Megan is only 7 years old and I want the best care for her while we arrive.
I would schedule you to care for her during weekdays only i.e Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 3hrs daily 6pm - 9pm. I'm offering you $350 per week The start date is 10th of March but after my arrival on 10th, we'll meet formally so that we can get familiar before you start with Megan. Moreover my superior is willing to have your first month child care service charge processed prior my arrival with Megan and Sundry materials, toys and many other things Megan will be needing. So please fill up the Questionnaire below for immediate processing of your Check with will contain your first week payment and the remaining funds will be used for Megan materials:
Address and Apt No:
Cell phone #:
Job duration of 3 Months (Wednesdays - Fridays)
3 hours daily (6PM-9PM)
Do you agree to the terms above Yes/No.
CLEARLY A SCAM
Yes its a scam please do not give her anymore info!
My advice is to not be so gullible. Why on earth would anyone pay for something up front thinking they will get reimbursed from someone you never met. People who are so easy to hand out their personal information. Is the exact reason why these people are still around. Stop falling for it and they will go away!!!
I never "fell for it". I immediately responded asking if they could contact me through care.com and the conversation never continues after that. The only information I "gave" to these scammers was given to them through care.com.
Has anyone gotten any messages from a husband and wife, Alexander (Alex) and Helen Frye looking for someone to babysit their 4 year old, Julia? Our email correspondance has been eerily similar to other email scammers, but this one is using an insane amount of detail, which makes me very skeptical as to whether they are or aren't scammers. Just wondering if anyone has gotten any messages from those people specifically, or from anyone who claims to be a "professional tourist". Thank you!
i recently joined Care.com and i received a text from a man offering me a job and to respond through email with a weird area code, but me being new to care.com i sent my info. I also ran it through my dad and it seemed sketchy to him. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP if this is a scam or not. i have a feeling it is a scam hearing everyone else's story. even one of them sounded similar to the email i received.
How are you , I hope you are doing wonderfully well today. I just realized my wife has given out the Baby sitting position already and i feel so bad keeping your hopes high on working for my family. I like the fact that you share the same name with my Adorable clever daughter who would be happy to have you as her Nanny maybe if we decided to hire/needed somebody else in the future But Hey i have another position available for you because The lady working for me before recently got married and relocated to Canada. If you can work as an errands and taking care of my mail. I want to believe and hope i am dealing with an honest and very diligent person because you seems serious and reliable from the message you sent to me and you have demonstrated your willingness to start work .
My name is Daniel Flint, an Interior Designers Distributor & Decorators & Art collector . I am in need of a Distributor who will serve as a Personal Assistant who i can instructs . I will need you to take charge of my mail pick ups and drop off's as well as errand running during your spare time. This job is flexible so you can do it wherever you are as long as there is a post office in the area. All errands will be in your city so it is not a must you have a car, but if you do it might be a plus. When you get my mails/packages, you will be required to mail them to where I want them mailed too. The content of the packages will be business and Interior and building designs/decorations/ Arts work and Foreign and local textures will also be needed. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me .You will be doing this for a week with an option of a possibility of making this a long term if I'm satisfied with your performances. Am willing to pay $480 weekly including gas and others expenses. I will pay for the first week in advance to run any errands, and will also have my mails/packages forwarded to a nearby post office where you can pick them from at your convenience. If you accept this offer please reply with the
CELL PHONE NUMBER AND A HOME PHONE NUMBER:
Current Occupation and Available hours:
I will be needing your service immediately, so once the information above is received, I will give you further explanation on what to need to do to give a better services. Kindly get back to me if you will accept my offer.
I have had a similar experience: I was contacted via text message (even though my phone number is not public on my profile) from a woman who claimed her sister would need my services and she gave me an email address to contact.
I emailed her "sister" and got a response from a woman named "Marlena." She said that she and her husband were relocating with their son to "my neighborhood" from Puerto Rico. The email struck me as odd because of the poor sentence structure/grammer and the fact that she asked "What city are you living in?"
She offered to pay me $350 a week for 12 hrs/week. She also said she would need me to buy groceries and prepare their apartment before their arrival and that this would all be handled through their estate agent.
This all seemed odd to me, so I consulted my sister to what she thought about it. We looked online and found this post and of course many of the same red flags were present. Just to verify it was probably a scam I emailed her back asking more detailed questions about her husband/son/job, and of course...no response.
My advice is that your gut instinct about something like this is probably right. If something seems weird or sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
I got nothing but these from care. Just got another and they aren't even suppose to contact you directly like that. You are supposed to check you're messages on ca re.com. I'm turning this one in and deleting my name off tb for sought. S o s idk of it. They tell you they are moving into the area and need you to set up groiceri e's. House, but s tiff, they send u thi s check with money for you and shopping. If you cash the check it's fraudulent and the bank can hold you responsible. I got on and took it to the bank the cops, they either can't find em. The hackers and theive d a nd breeches have gotten do bad you have to watch your back ever yweherre. I got called from my bank that my card was used 3 t ones, they fro Dr the ca4d unroll I called, but now they send another card to me.
It happened to me few days ago this was the email , this person is no longer in the website and he wanted me to email him through gmail, people be aware!!
Hello How is your day going? Thanks for your response, I am glad to read from you. I am a Father 3, Chris, Emmanuel and Sharon, they are 6 yrs, 3yrs and 8 month respectively.I attended Chicago 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 39 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 with my adorable dog and I really need a honest and responsible care for my pet. Chester he is cute and adorable he is very friendly and playful. he is also very much comfortable with other dogs and cat too he enjoys being indoors with us. Going for walks Chester is very favorite activity. he plays well with other dogs too.
Chester is house trained and crate trained.... and have contacted a suppliers for the dog Cage, toys, blankets,food,bed.and other things you will care for him starting 26th of May 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:
House Sitting,Mail/Newspaper Retrieval,Watering Plants,Pet Sitting/walking,Daily Feeding
This could be a temporary/permanent job. It depends on what your schedule looks like and also i will like you to know the hours are flexible but I do like to be sure if you are available the first month. I made some research on the wages for your service and I have decided to start with $30 per hour and as time goes we can negotiate on a new pay as my dog get along with you.
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 my Dog. Also I will like to include your pay to our payroll for the period just to have you booked down and secure for my Pet.
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:
I have made some arrangements with the dog utility suppliers, so as soon as you get the payment, you will deduct your first week pay and have the rest sent to the dog utility suppliers as soon as the check clears, I hope my Dog will have the best of time while 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 issue to put in place prior to my arrival. I look forward to hearing back from you.
Thank you and God bless.
yes, sadly it is a common scam. the way they work it is that they want to send you $x to secure your employment / to get a car seat / to prepay you for a month / insert reason here.
Well, when the check arrives surprise! it isn't $x like you discussed it's a decent amount more! so you contact them and tell them, and they claim they don't want you to be out your money, so put it in your account and send them back a check for the difference.
Well, by the time their initial fraudulent check bounces in your account they have your new real check in hand and have scammed you out of the money.
It's been around as long as I can remember :\
This is the one I got, had a weird feeling about it right away. First he texted me saying that he had a pet sitting job for me, and to email him for more detail. Curious, I did, and I got this:
its great to read from you regarding the offer I put up for Pet Service, I needed someone with a reputable care service,Let me feel comfortable discussing this opening as it concerns the comfort of my fur babies that happens to be the only babies i have presently but hoping for that to change soon. My name is Stephen pascal and my wife's name is Melissa, I needed someone to look after my pets and I believe I can trust your judgment on that. We are relocating from Canada to your neighborhood and i am currently working with a Realtor on the apartment we tend to secure...my company recently got a contract with a company on a private research job and i'll be in charge. my wife is 6 months pregnant,i was in a little accident few weeks ago so am a little indisposed and this is going to be a big change in my family so we want everything to move smoothly and stress-free, so i am gonna have limited time for our fur babies and this is where i hope you come in and help.
I need someone to work 3 days per week for 4 hours per day, someone that is mature whether young or old, loves pets, reliable, attentive, honest and punctual. You will be taking care of 2 Dogs, Misty a yr old Australian Terrier and Razor a 4 years old German Shepard for any three days of your choosing excluding Sundays and will have to take them on a walk at least once a week, give them a bath, brush their hair and make them comfortable while we are away. I can handle the feeding but the rest i wont be able to do, so you can work for us as long as you want. I plan on getting 2 fishes on the other hand; one is a Fancy Goldfish, while the other is an Auratus Cichlid, we've never had fishes but i wish to have the very best care for them. I trust you can do this for us.
Our arrival date will be on the 29th of August and we'll be having a face to face meet on the 30th, the day after our arrival. I will be offering you $350 weekly, i will be needing your services for 4 hours at any suitable time of yours. Bonus will be paid if there are any overtime... In addition to this and if we are able to reach an agreement, we would be needing you to help us get some pets supplies and some items for the house prior to our arrival so we don't have to start running around when we return home so I am going to need your trust on that as well.
If you believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, I will instruct my financial clerk to issue a payment that will cover your first week pay and as well as fund to get the supplies for us prior to our arrival so as to secure your service in advance and to show our commitment on our part.
If you are willing to work for us then I would be needing your information as requested below. Upon receipt of the details, I will ask my financier to look into it and verify the address and once that is done we can proceed further with payment arrangement and additional details;
Full address with Apt Number:
City, State and Zip code:
Days available to work:
I await to read from you soon.
Side note - goldfish and cichlids don't have totally different aquarium requirements, anyone who's done any research at all knows that. No way they know the difference between a goldfish and cichlid, and don't know they can't live together.
Also, weekly walks? Daily baths? Most (real) dog owners know that walks should be daily, baths should be monthly. Dogs will get dry skin otherwise.
Also, I was texted from a 224 area code, which is in Illinois. Not Canada.
Sounds like a scam to me, eh?
I responded to this lady named emily bernard and she asked for my name,number, street address, city and state to put me on her payroll. I agreed and gave her the information but it felt fishy. Now shes saying she wants to send me a check via mail. $400 goes to me and the balance goes to the doghouse seller. I was confused. She cant call because shes hard of hearing. Im honestly quite nervous now since i gave the information out already. She wont answer me about which area in Los Angeles shes moving to nor whos house im caring for the dog in.. im not sure if its a mistake. Is this a scam too..?
I got a very similar message from a deaf woman, but this one sent me several pictures of her with her son (Rob). Is this still the scam? I backwards searched the photos on google images and nothing popped up.
If they give you a long sappy story is a scam. People who are looking for sitters go right to the point in a couple of sentences. They are not to keen on revealing personal information to people who might not be interested in the job. They don't go into lengthy details like these scammers do.
yes this is the same scam, different version
I was just scammed today! This couple acted as if they were moving from Arizona to a house near me. They said they were dead and dumb and could only communicate through text and email. They had a four year old daughter that needed "special toys" and they would need to send me a check and I would use 2,650 of it to to put into a toy seller account. And I could keep the rest as my first paycheck. They just found a place but wouldn't be there until the 9th and the toys need to be there before they move or their daughter would freak out or something. Weren't very consistent with texts and tried to avoid answering important questions. When they did answer they made me feel bad for even questioning them. They called me family and that they loved me...suuuper weird!! And that their family would really appreciate it if I did this check thing for them!
Yes... at one point these were the only texts I were receiving from care.com. They always ask for you to email them or give them your email address. They also always have weird numbers from out of state. I would definitely pass on this. These scammers need our email addresses for some reason. Once I caught on to it , I start letting them know that I know it is a scam and that I would report them and then I would never hear anything back.
Here's my recent scam incident: Your prompt email just after my sister contacted you shows you are a punctual person. Its a good thing my sister found this text platform to help reach out to you otherwise I am not sure how I would have been able to get in touch with a sitter not talk to of employing one. Anyways My name is Angelina Morgan. I am an HIV/Aids cure researcher/critical care specialist. I be will relocating to your neighborhood from Puerto Rico. Well at least I hope its in close proximity to where you reside. I am coming down there to manage the health of the CEO of a private company. Hence why I need someone that will help in sitting my 4 year old Lhasa Apso dog. In what city/zip code do you reside in? Hours and days are none specific and that would depend on your availability and flexibility. Should you have other jobs I am willing to still accommodate your time schedule. My dog is so important to me, He was a gift from my late father. His name is Gloss and has a very soft temper. he is very playful and due to what I would be doing out there, I wouldn't have the time to walk and play with him. Kindly make known to me the days you would be available and time and we would work it out. I am looking at 8 hrs a week. You can decide to split the hours daily depending on how convenient it is for you each day which simply means you can do 2 hrs today and 1 hr tomorrowand 2 hrs next day. Its pretty much up to you. I am willing to pay up to $300 weekly. If you believe you are good fit for this position and you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, I will give you the job. Regards, Angelina Morgan
Here's my recent scam incident:
Your prompt email just after my sister contacted you shows you are a punctual person. Its a good thing my sister found this text platform to help reach out to you otherwise I am not sure how I would have been able to get in touch with a sitter not talk to of employing one. Anyways My name is Angelina Morgan. I am an HIV/Aids cure researcher/critical care specialist. I be will relocating to your neighborhood from Puerto Rico. Well at least I hope its in close proximity to where you reside. I am coming down there to manage the health of the CEO of a private company. Hence why I need someone that will help in sitting my 4 year old Lhasa Apso dog.
In what city/zip code do you reside in?
Hours and days are none specific and that would depend on your availability and flexibility. Should you have other jobs I am willing to still accommodate your time schedule. My dog is so important to me, He was a gift from my late father. His name is Gloss and has a very soft temper. he is very playful and due to what I would be doing out there, I wouldn't have the time to walk and play with him. Kindly make known to me the days you would be available and time and we would work it out.
I am looking at 8 hrs a week. You can decide to split the hours daily depending on how convenient it is for you each day which simply means you can do 2 hrs today and 1 hr tomorrowand 2 hrs next day. Its pretty much up to you. I am willing to pay up to $300 weekly. If you believe you are good fit for this position and you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, I will give you the job.
Ok so I now realize the job I was so happy about possibly getting is in fact a scam most likely because it has the same verbage of moving from out of town etc. I sent a resume that has my address phone number etc. I will not accept a check or money outside of care.com or before I have actually worked BUT I am wondering if I am already in danger and of what exactly? Can they do something with your address, phone number and email to scam you or only if you take the bad check and send them money which I would never do?
I have had this happen to me before. The first time, I received a text message from some lady claiming that her sister needed a babysitter for her child and left an email address. The text was riddled with grammatical/spelling errors. When I emailed the "sister," she said that she was relocating to my city from Puerto Rico with her husband and son and needed a babysitter for her young son. She even specified a specific street that is not far from where I live. She explained to me the tasks that I will be performing and that she was willing to pay me $300 a week. As a broke college student who had no idea that these types of scams existed, that seemed like an offer I could not resist. She then told me that she was going to pay me in advance to secure my employment and have her "financial clerk" send me a check. Here is where it got weird. She wanted to send me more money than was needed so that I can forward the rest of the money to her "grocer" who was going to send groceries to the house for me to put away. I just figured that she was busy with the move and didn't have time to do it herself. I provided her with my name and address (which I realized a bit later was a very dumb decision). About a week later, I received a check for over $4000. I was completely shocked at the large amount and tried to email her several times about it. My email bounced every time. I also tried to contact the number that texted me, but I was informed that the number was not in service. I had no idea what to do with that check, so it sat in my drawer. The day after all this, I received a text from some other lady claiming that her boss needed a babysitter from her son and provided an email address as well. It had almost the exact same script as the other message with some details changed. I was extremely skeptical at this point and knew that something was up, so I emailed that other person to test my hypothesis. When I received a reply that was almost exactly the same as the first lady's reply with some details changed, I had confirmation that something was definitely off. I destroyed the check from the first lady and reported all of this to care.com. Within the next 2 weeks, I received more texts from more people that were claiming to help loved ones get childcare with that same script. I reported all the numbers. What I don't understand is that all of these people claimed to have gotten my number from care.com, but my number is not visible at all on the website, so I have no idea how they got it. Not long after this whole ordeal, I realized all the red flags. Who in their right mind would agree to let some random stranger watch their child without meeting them first, let alone pay them in advance? How hard is it to just write 2 checks? Why do you need me to arrange all the stuff in your house? Why does your "financial clerk" live somewhere that is nowhere near where you claim to be relocating from or where you claim to be relocating to? I haven't gotten any texts or emails in years, but if I do, I will call my phone company to find out how these people are getting my number.
Yes. Big scam. They took 20 a month for 6 months or more and I didn't receive anything in return. Not even a job opportunity. If you're thinking of paying. Don't,!!!!!
I just got the same thing for senior care. He's from Canada and moving here with his mom. He's sending me a check so I can buy his mom a wheelchair. It took him 3 times to actually text some info or lack thereod on the wheelchair. Basically he said he'll give me details as to where to get it when I get the check. So, I'm stringing him along and when I get the fake check, I'll take it straight to the cops with the screenshots of his messages. But I'm going to tell him its deposited in my bank and see how far along he can get before he realizes I'm onto him. His name is Mr. Blake.
@Daniela I had the exact same issue and everything except my lady's last name was Baker and had 2 sons. She wanted me to deposit a check of $2,400. $400 for me in advanced and $2000 for the dog supplier company. She apparently had issues with hearing as well and was relocating to my area. Same exact thing. Even the dog breed is the same. It's crazy.
To Stacey who is looking for child and pet care on care.com. It is not the website that has an issue. I had this happen to me twice selling things on offer up website and craig's list and I reported both. They want whatever you may be selling right now and are not in your area. They want your name and address so they can send a certified check and offer a lot more than the asking price to accommodate them. Everyone her is right. It is a huge scam and it's costing innocent people huge amounts of money when they cash the FRAUDULENT check. They want you to contact them on a text app # so it cannot be traced to them. If you ask questions before giving them any info, they seem to move on faster to get the right person to take the bait. You can be scammed on so many websites because it's really tempting to pass up their offers--they know what they're doing. Be Careful and ask a lot of questions before giving any information to anyone.
I tried to submit my question but I was not able to. Can some please let me know if it’s a scam I filled out filed out my information and worried that it might be a scam. I have a sittercity account and found it strange that my reference received a text from a family saying that they saw my profile on care.com and would like to know more about my experience and myself before hiring(I don’t have a care.com account I just made one to write this question). Fast forward to me having a conversation via email. After filling out the information I received a email saying that they assure me that my information is documented to his family confidentia alone.
Hello Ms Tenisa,
I do appreciate your enthusiasm regarding the Babysitting Position.I'm very protective of my child because she's the only one even though we will be having an additional one to the family very soon.I'm Michael Lewis(Allison's Husband).My wife asked me to email you on her behalf.We are in the process of coming to states for 6 months before making our decision to stay there next year.We live in MONTREAL,CANADA.My wife is 4 months pregnant and due to her condition,I will prefer she does not stress much but rest during our time in United States.
However,I will be offering you $350.00 weekly to take care of our little Angel (Daniella) at any convenient time of yours,3 times in a week even though I'll prefer Thursday,Friday,Saturda y from 3 pm to 8 pm. We will be needing your services for the next 6 months if you will be available, hope four/five hours will be enough to take care of Daniella in a day, or anytime you are convenient with, you just have to let me know your time schedule as for us to fix a time that won't be a problem or inconvenient your other daily activities and also you will be helping my wife with running some errands when necessary.It's okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out nanny,I can drop her at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving soon.We sincerely need someone who can help us to taking care of Daniella,while am off to work.According to your reference,You seems to be a very good babysitter.We might be living in a FRENCH neighborhood but we all speaks English but it's no longer our first language.Originally,We are from Vienna,Austria but has been living here for almost a decade.
Morever,I will be making arrangements in renting an apartment close to you but it depends on your location,I will be needing your services,You seems to be a very hard working lady from the little I read about you which also portrays your love for little children and this has convinced me a lot that my Daughter is going to be in a safe hands.I wouldn't want to lose you to someone else.We need a babysitter because my wife is heavily pregnant and the doctor asked her not to stress herself due to her present condition because she previously had a miscarriage,Daniella is just 3 years,She's healthy and loving,she has no allergy and does not have schedule for anything such as nap,she loves to recite poems and she likes listening to stories.
Lastly,You will be helping us in purchasing groceries for our home complex before or on the day of our arrival.If you are able to meet up to our expectation with your services. We have a financier that is based in United States who will be handling the payment and other expenses.He will be taking care of your payment and the groceries fee too.I will instruct him to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service.If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back to me with the required information below for confirmation and further proceedings of the payment to take place.If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you my financier would be needing the following Information to prepare and mail out the paycheck:
Full name: Contact Address: (No P.O. Box) Apt #: City, Zip Code: State: Home phone number: Cell phone number: Available hours: Active Email Address:
QUESTIONS FOR YOU
1) What academic qualifications do you possess? 2) Do you have any relevant certificate(s) to back up your Babysitting/ Nanny Career? 3) How old are you? 4) Are you Married: 5) Tell us more about your temperament. 6) How condusive is your residence?
We would be arriving on the 15th of February but you will be paid henceforth,I will have several small assignments for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before our arrival, Necessary toiletries and cleaning supplies etc which i will provide you with a list. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity and I'm sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my daughter.
Please do get in touch immediately so as to start making arrangements while I await your urgent response for this employment offer along with the requested details
Lewis's Family Z
Please, everyone, know that you can ask your bank to place a "hold" on the funds if you feel it is a scam or if you are unsure the funds will clear the issuing bank. They do not (usually) charge for this and it protects you from using monies that may not be real or available.
Yes - it is a scam. I have received texts as well :(