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Do you think I am being scammed?

I was offered a job taking care of a dog for 4 hours a day $25 dollars an hour. 

I am being mailed a check that I must cash immediately so I can pay "supplies of dog crate, bedding and food".   I must inform immediately that I received the check so they could have the "payroll" department make the funds available.                            I have been scammed before and I will never cash a check I cannot prove is legitimate.  So many scammers are professional, I do not want to have this happen again, should I turn down the job?   I responded via email that I would not cash a check through my account.  I explained why and told the potential employer that the FBI and Bank are monitoring my account.  I went so to explain I would not pay a supplier from my account. I am starting to feel uneasy about this, what do all think?  Help I need advice, a job and I feel I am much too trusting.  The amount of the check was check was large...I am really uneasy, any ideas??????

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Care Faqs
Dec. 25, 2017

Hi Joanie,

We have a great article about protecting yourself against scams. I would suggest checking it out and then contacting our safety team.

A link What caregivers need to know about online scams

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ's or Contact us.

Ana in Paramount, CA
July 8, 2017

I was also scammed this site needs to be safer!!!

I'm constantly being scammed, I actually received a check for $2800 to take care of handicap 4 year old and never spoke to the person so I ripped the check and kept it moving. I don't understand how I can be on this web-site for 5 months, never got hired but was reached out by ONLY scammers. Its frustrating and very draining. I need to get off this web-site!!

I suspect this is a ring of scammers, not just one. Years ago I heard about a town in Romania that uses the internet to scam unsuspecting people. Search online for "Romanian scammers". These scammers use legitimate sites such as Ebay, Craigslist and Care.com to scam us of our hard-earned money. Keep in mind that Care.com is a vehicle for us to connect with people needing our services. It is up to us to interview the client in advance. A legitimate client, from the US, will use good grammar. If they contact you and the email has a lot of incorrect grammar and wants you to purchase supplies for them, tell them 'No" and report it as a scam.

User in Vista, CA
July 18, 2017

Yes they are scamming you. So sorry!! I get this a lot!!!!

I was contacted outside of care.com by someone saying that was how they got my number. Doing basically the same thing, dog sitting job $20 an hour and they are relocating to the area and want to pay $400 up front to "reserve" me. SCARY! It's a Mr. Rowland and now "he" is also emailing me on my personal email?! How I don't know! Ekkk.

Sara in Veradale, WA
July 21, 2017

I would creat a savings account that is in no way atttached to your checking and deposit the check into that accout. Or cash the check then if it is a scammer he/she cant scam youbecause they will have no acces to your account at least if you cash it that is. Or say that you will only take cash and not a check.

This is supposed to be such a good site for getting good people. I think they should do much more to vet the people they allow to contact us for jobs or, at least, follow up on those we report as attempted scammers. I saw a red flag immediately when the person said they are moving into my city. I live in a very depressed area where the crime rate is high. No one moves here. The pay at $300/week for about 9 hours work was the 2nd red flag. The sending me several thousand dollars up front was their last strike.

I would like an answer to how to report also - and to whom. The same week I got a scam from someone from "Microsoft" after my computer got a message about my firewall being damaged and I was not able to access IE. I called (twice) and both times got very uncomfortable ("you will have to pay a fee for another license" for my 2 month old computer). I went to Microsoft and looked it up. A scam and, luckily, an easy fix. Be careful out there...

I was contacted by Susan B. offered to pay me $25 to watch her dog Cookie. Said she mailed the check. I wrote her back and said I would not cash the check because I do not want to prevent fraud. I also said that unless I meet her, I will definitely not cash the check. How can I report her?

I was also offer a job to watch cookie. Thank you for the warning because I have not got a response from Chris. Does anyone know where we could report this because if it was not for our comment I might have made a huge mistake. Kay

Yes I have had 3 people try to scam me, 2 of them said there dogs names were cookie

Yes it's a scam when someone says they'll pay you like that😔I have had a lot of them

Carrie in Bel Air, MD
Aug. 14, 2017

Thanks for posting this. I'll be a lot more cautious now that I've seen these posts and read your tips.

It must be a group of scammers. I had replied to many posts had gotten no replies at all for 2 months. Then when I do it is the same as everyone else....$22 per hour with advanced check coming to hold me until they complete their move. So disgusting.

Carolyn in Tucson, AZ
Sept. 2, 2017

I too saw these ads -6 Total on this site. After 2 with such similar Stories, I contacted Care.com and said it was not right...Scam. Never take a check to cash for ....whatever they want you to buy. I had people help me on Craigslist with scams. I hope you realize people on this site are helpful. Good Luck

Yes that's a scam. They tried to get me several times

Absolutely, get all the info on them you can and REPORT the pond scum bottom dwellers to everyone you can!!!

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Yes, it is a scam. Report this person immediately.

how do you report them? I'm always getting those messages and I've answered them very nasty! but I don't know how to report them.

Dwight in Chicago, IL
Nov. 18, 2018

Yes, how to report them?

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Never take a check up front and cash it and give them BACK money.  By the time you find out the check isn't good, (sometimes the bank can't even tell), you've been scammed.

that's true, but that's why its best to use this system to pay via care.com or just except cash only.... that's my opinion because you will have to suffer the consequences if not

yes, it happened to me the lady her name Jessica Antony send to me the check from Florida by the name of Gneiss and it was a scam she was emailing me texting me that she will hire me in this month but she lied after that she kept asking me to deposit a check and cash it and give the money to agency that she told me but I didn`t all that were lies .until now I didn`t hear about her .

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Any website that facilitates communication between job seekers and private employers is a breeding ground for scammers. This one in particular, as there are probably a ton of naïve young women here that just want a job.  In my area, it is a parent with a 4 year old child who is paying $20-$25 an hour for a full-time caregiver.  Not only is that hourly rate way over my market, every time I answer, they immediately want me to email them.  No thank you!  I report them to Care.com instead. And quite often, I will get an email that says that person's account has been closed.  The trouble is, they just change their name and location, create a new account, and keep on trolling.

If anything seems too good to be true, it probably is. High rates of pay, moving in from out of town, payment in advance, asking you to communicate off-site before you have any meaningful contact through Care.com, asking for your resume (which has your last name, address, phone number, and email on it) right away, these are all huge red flags that you are about to be the victim of a scam. 

For my part, I insist on using Care.chat for the first phone call, and if they want to interview me, I insist on going to their home, that way I can give their information to my husband so he knows where to send the cops if I don't come back.  This is all before they even get my last name!  Anyone who insists on getting my personal phone number, or any of my personal information, before I get theirs, never gets a chance to talk to me at all. I may have lost a couple of jobs that way, but I doubt they were legitimate employers, anyway.

Patrice in Union, NJ
April 19, 2018

Can you send me a link so that I can post some new scammer information.

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Emily in Pittsford, VT
Sept. 24, 2018

This is a scam! Same thing happened to me, they contacted me through Care.com

I was scammed too. This woman told me she graduated from some school for the deaf in CA but was in CT. Meanwhile, it said 'New York, New York" under her name. No big deal. She proceed to tell me that she was a single mother of two, one 5 and one 1+ and needed someone to take care of her dog. She said she was self-employed and that she would pay me at a certain rate, but that I would have to pay for the kennel apparently before she arrived and the $400 check from her payroll would somehow come out of her acct. Before I asked a billion questions trying to figure this out via E-mail to me, she said that she would get back to me. The weird thing was she said she was moving near to me at my zip code provided. She showed me a picture of her and her two boys (the younger one was an infant in the picture and she looked strange), her dog with another dog and her dog with many dogs in one place. Her name, which i believe is fake, is Clara Brown. She wanted to meet me at the local McDonalds to interview me and I agreed to it. But then I saw another ad on Care.com with the word for word ad that Clara placed with a different E-mail address with the same pictures!!!! It came a roysilver, or something like that, and she claimed her name was Anny or Any Roy. Two others had the same exact word for word ad but this time with no pictures. One was from Bems and the other was from Beverly Helton. I told Clara off in a nasty E-mail, copying the others telling her that she think I could be fooled and I would NOT meet her at McDonalds for fear of losing my life. Then not long after that, Care.com sent me an E-mail that Bems and BeverlyH were removed from Care.com with no explanation. Clara Brown is not on there anymore either, but Care.com never mentioned anything about her being removed. Here I thought I was going to get a steady pet sitting job with steady hours and good money, near where I live and then I get scammed. I then took my picture off, which was never approved anyway (Care.com is so picky about what pictures you post) and then put another one back on last night that has apparently been approved. So to all other people out there, please be cautious. There are a lot of scammers around! I was so upset!!!

Cathy in Hanford, CA
Aug. 4, 2017

The person you are referring to is using different names and email address's , she says her dog is named Cookie, a few others have got the same scam tried on them too. The check came to me, I looked at it and knew it was fake. I had already told her no. She did send me pictures of her children a and dogs, they were all probable fake too. Care.com did flag one pet sitter posting, and I reported this one to them. Their was also anther one for a childcare job, These were all on care.com. The problem with these scammers, is they use different idenities to get back in and try the same thing on someone else. .

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I also was offered the same job from a Bridget Brooks claims she was moving into my area. She was from Dallas,TX. Also got an offer for Housecleaning for $350. a wk from a Hillary Wright from (of all places) Canada. She claims that her and the family are moving to KY. Wanted to send me a check and the keys to the new house so I can get things ready for them. I reported Hillary! 

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Hi Joanie,

I am new to care.com. I am sorry that you have had to go through situations like this while looking for employment. It's a good thing you've done research and reported the scammers. 

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User in Jupiter, FL
July 1, 2018

I was offered a child care job from  couple in Hawaii but before they arrive they will send me check for toys and my first salary check.They are hearing impaired and love me already. They write long and endearing letters .They want to go ahead and talk to their"financial ASAP. I did e mail them, MY MISTAKE but finally realized it was a scam before I gave them any other personal information. It was too good to be true

I got the same message a couple days ago. Hearing impaired couple that's relocating to the Orlando area from Hawaii. Unfortunately they now have my email address but I've since blocked them from that as well as on care.com and I've also reported them to the website. They were asking for all my information, full name, address, cell # and picture. But wouldn't tell me when the job started or where they'd be living. Wanted to have toys sent to my house and pay me a week in advance etc. Red flags! Sucks that this happened. I just paid for this service almost a month ago. Figured it would be safer here than on Craigslist. I'm glad I was able to research this before going any farther. Good luck to everyone on here!! And be safe!!

The same thing with the hearing impaired family happened to me. They were moving to an area near by and needed toys delivered and assembled etc...I told them my husband worked for the FBI and suggested they go away.

Same here! Got a message, people moving to "my neighborhood" from Canada no less, would send a check to buy 'mom' a wheelchair. Thought it was fishy when they wouldn't contact me through the site. After reading everyone else's stories, my instincts are confirmed! How sad, I was hoping this was a legit site, especially since I paid for it!

User in Jupiter, FL
Aug. 20, 2017

H..I received the same message telling me that they were hearing impaired moving from Hawaii. They said they wanted me to speak to their financial.Red flags for me were#1-said they would be moving to my area from Hawaii.#2 -said they wanted me to speak to their financial to pay me in advance.#3 - said if I didn't have a car to pick up their children from school they would send a taxi car.We don't speak like that in the USA. #4- when I kept asking questions about the children's school they would ignore me .They said they were going to be staying in a hotel.When I said I have a great friend who is a realtor I never heard from him again.. #5 -since the man said he needed me to email.my application to his wife he then had my personal email.I blocked him and reported him to care.com. Best advice -don't use your personal email .Meet in public, cash only,do not except early payment when you haven't even met the person .Ask yourself "what kind of real parent would hire you without meeting you" ...

Ashley in Boston, MA
Aug. 23, 2017

I've got 3 emails like this, 2 of them were identical saying they were deaf and dumb (Sarah and Hannah) almost one month apart. Only difference was the kids name. Saying they were moving to Boston and wanted to send me money to buy and assemble toys for their child because they love toys. I received another one same, minus the deaf and dumb comment (a day after the first one, her name was Emily) and copied and pasted the letter from Sarah and sent it to her. Emily tried to tell me it was her sister and she helped me and then urged me to trust her and send my information to her. Unfortunately, I reported all 3 of them and care.com has done nothing. I've been on care for 5 years and never had any issues until June (when I began searching for a new job since my current position was ending) I've been out of work for 2 months and have done at least 50 phone interviews and gone on at least a dozen in person interviews and nothing. My biggest problem is the families lying and not being upfront.

Caregiver for seniors here...can't tell you how many of these I've received. In fact, just yesterday and again today, I received the same messages from Annie K and Annie J. Out of 50 jobs I applied for, about 90% have been this same scam response!! When are these bogus ads going to be addressed? I'm a paying member & expect more from this site...not a list of 40 jobs and most are scams!!

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I got hit on  Craigs list  lady offers me house keeping job and said she was moving to my area. 

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I am glad I came across this. I recently got scammed as well. Barbara Hess offered me $400/wk for 4 hrs a day mon-fri. Was going to send me my first week early and extra to get supplies. A week before she stopped contacting me. now she has my address, luckily no bank info. I got the opportunity through a text message.

User in Hemet, CA
July 15, 2017

@Enisha I wish you luck on your search and try to keep communication through care chat it's safe and secure and if there's a scam you can report it and they will disable their profile. Take care!

I received an email through Care.com from a Care Assistant telling me about a dog sitting job. The Care Assistant gave me the person's email and said to contact them directly. Is that legitimate?

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User in Columbia, SC
July 1, 2018

I was contacted by a Alan Y/ Alan Young. He says he is looking for caregiver/CNA for home care, he wants to meet me at Park Ridge Palmetto in Irmo, SC Also he says he has an office and Wildewood Downs facility but he wants to meet me at the PR hospital. Last time he contacted me and got upset that I was asking questions. Says I will have to do 1099 form to start work. I think he believes I will give my Soc for the form to record info to IRS of my pay. I am not doing a form 1099 since he can pay me through care.com. Could this be a scam?

User in Hemet, CA
July 27, 2017

@selenam55 This sounds really sketchy, I would've never trusted or proceeded from the moment it seemed too good to be true. Be safe Take care and good luck!

Marcia in Bonita, CA
Jan. 7, 2018

Plus, he is already getting mad at you (for asking questions)? Does not seem like the kind of employer you'd want anyways.

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Joann in Orwell, VT
Dec. 16, 2017

Definite Scam!  Cut off all contact with this "Employer" report to Care.com and law enforcement.

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This is not one person. Who can you trust on this site now is what worries me. 

I understand what you mean.

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Susan in Peoria, AZ
June 20, 2018

I am getting bombarded with text and emails from scammers. I am sorry I ever got on this site as I can not get them to stop. My question is how do they get our info since it is supposedly secure. Very disappointed in the site for not protecting our information

You are so right, Susan. I will now have to withdraw from care.com. Today I got a check for $4250 from the scammers and plan to hand it over to authorities. I had even told the scammers that I was not interested in the job. I am very disappointed in care.com and can't even contact them.

So sorry that this happened to you. Immediately take it to the police, report it to Care.com. You can contact the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) with any and all info. you can gather on a scammer, get as much as you can obtain. Also if you DO get scammed, report it to all 3 credit reporting agencies, Social security Administration (get a new card) if needed, the IRS, your bank and credit card companies and the BBB. Keep copies of all documents you sign, and your police report #. Go to Wiki-how on the internet and they will walk you through a lot of info. on all types of Scams. Forewarned is Forearmed. Be alert, be careful and share.

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User in Slidell, LA
July 1, 2018

Since joining this site ive been texted by numerous people like this. Reading through these comments I've seen at least 10 people who got the same scam messages as I did. Its safest to just stay away! And NEVER give them your home info to send a check too!!!! That puts your home in danger and your life along with ANYONE else in the home. Its NOT worth it.

another ploy l use is to turn the tables on them and start asking them for their info. they get uneasy ad defensive, a Sure sign for me, they are Not legitimate!

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Tania in Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 25, 2017

Joanie,

Yes I think you need to be very careful on this. I always use if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. Good you are probably safe & they probably won't email you back. I would turn it down if you feel uneasy about it & email care.com to let them know. Send them the email you got from the potential employer. If we all stick together & send care.com any info on these types of jobs they can track them better. 

Tania Menzler

Thank You! Tania, it is so sad that people want to take care of others looking for jobs that are in need. I have yet to receive a response, the woman told me was deaf and was moving into the area with her 2 sons and a dog. You are right about if it seems to good be leary...I have to wonder why am I targeted? This will be the third time, the first time my life savings was taken, second time I blocked the email, but this time I thought if the person was on care.com I was safe. I guess no one is save anymore. Your kindness and support is appreciated. Joanie

I believe that it is a scam. Either they are going to not have the funds available or they want your bank account number to steal from your account. Always remember that your gut feelings are 99% of the time accurate. Also it something is too good to be true then it is definitely a scam.

Tania, thanks for the quick response you were so right on..I received a check for 2780.42 immidately after receiving the last email from the a.k.a Tiffany Jones. I researched on the internet, having being scammed before I noticed the similarities, I also email the potential employer that the FBI and Bank were monitoring my account. I contacted the "Title Agency" and they confirmed this was bogus. Who pays that kind of money to watch a doggie. It was again a horrible experience, but at least I contacted Care.com and FBI so these people could be stopped. Strange that they tried to contact me again 2 hours later with a new email, however same dog, same age and same dollar amt. I have reported that email address and Care has banned these members from their site so no else would experience loss. I just wanted thank everyone who answered my questions, it is so sad that we are wanting too help and work doing what we enjoy and scammers have to make us all distrusting. Thanks again to y'all.

People offering jobs are able to get background checks on future employees. I would ask the scammer for information because I am getting a background check on them. Im sure they would hang up. Also, I would try to have a few conversations with them and meet in person. If it's real, all will work out.

Sam in Racine, WI
July 19, 2017

I received the same email 2 days ago from a lady. Said she was moving from TX to my city. Watch her dog, Cookie, for $400 first week, but the check would come for $2395 to pay for pet supplies. She said she is hard of hearing, single mother of 2, and sent me pictures. Didn't sound right to me either.

How are they getting your email? I am constantly getting text messages that say to email them. When I first signed up with care.com, I remember reading that they would not contact you thru a text with a personal email address. I just wanted to know if it is a scam of some sort or a virus? Anyone else get these? If these people can get my phone number, how easy is it to get my credit card number??

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I got that exact same offer a few days ago and they sent me the check and he bank wouldn't take it because it was fraudulent check! Be careful of stupid people doing fraud it sucks!

User in Hemet, CA
July 21, 2017

It's unfortunate, but it can happen anywhere, the best way to protect yourself is being extra cautious and go through the process before meeting anyone in person first do a phone interview and then meet in a public place, but don't accept money for jobs you haven't even done yet. Good luck to all and please take care ladies! Love Narani V

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YES!!! Care.com has your concern in their website about how to stay away from scams. Apparently it is the same thing scammers do when they email you spam saying they are a prince from Kenya of something. STAY AWAY from those scammers!

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Lucy in Derby, KS
Aug. 25, 2017

I have gotten this offer three times from three different people. The first time I gave them my information and after I found out they were fake, I didn't respond to anything nor cash the check they sent. Just don't give them your info so that you don't have to deal with them mailing you a check that is fake. Back out and report them. Cut off all ties. It's more common for these things than one may realize.

Hi, I think something similar is happening to me, but how do I report them if I don’t even know who they are?

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Do not fall for these scams, I had 2 people contact me, they send you a check and ask you to deposit it beware if it sounds to good to be true: IT IS.

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Do not fall for these scams, I had 2 people contact me, they send you a check and ask you to deposit it beware if it sounds to good to be true: IT IS. When I asked them where they got my email from they stopped all contact.

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Yes, I agree with everyone else that it is a scam!

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Carie in Monroe, GA
Aug. 25, 2017

If someone is reaching out to you wanting to over pay you most likely in this day and age it is a scam. As unfortunate as that is, you are smart to seek advice!

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Sarah in Boston, MA
Aug. 25, 2017

In the last week I have gotten the same message from four different users. Same verbiage in each message, same type of dog,  hourly rate, start date, "relocation story" and request to take the conversation off care.com and into personal email. This is ridiculous. I have reported 3 of the accounts so far and have heard nothing back. It's so scary that this is a common trend on this site.

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It is a scam.  I got the same request from someone wanting me to keep his dog Cookie.  I was suspicious when he said he was moving to my area but was in DC.  But his area showed up as York.  Then he started into this pay up front and the supplier.  I deleted his email.

User in Hartland, MI
Dec. 20, 2017

I had two different people "moving to my area" who wanted me to watch their dog Cookie. Scam.

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Remember everything must go through care,com, once they send you an email address to contact them, it is a clear indication that they are scammers. I got jobs through care.com without emailing anyone.Edward Prechel tried to scam me but with the help of God i realized before it was too late. let us all be vigilant, and if it sound too good to be true it probably is.

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Aja in Greenville, SC
Aug. 25, 2017

Wow, I just got an email to watch Cookie as well!! I had a feeling in my gut it was a scam. Glad I stopped replying after the first email.

I did the same as you about Cookie but likely we both got the scam information before it was to late, Kay

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Ok i now realize as a new member that I have been scammed with the same exact scenario- $25 per hour for 4 hours a day and asked me for my resume to a private email. I was so excited I responded and sent my resume off!! What should I look for now ? how can they scam me exactly if I don't take any money up front etc.

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User in Norwalk, CT
March 14, 2018

Scam. It's very big on this site and the baby sitting site sin sitter

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The ONLY job offers I've ever received have been scams. I don't understand how people get ligitimate work through this site.

Dear Brianna, Wow! That is very scary! My niece who is in college went on this site for babysitting jobs and has been very successful. I am trying to get a companion job.....just a companion job without hands-on care. It is so difficult. Most people say "companion," but then they want you to bathe them, etc. which I do not want to do. I help out with my soon-to-be 92 year-old  father with him in the bathroom or commode. He has dementia besides and my husband and I live with him and my mom. I just revised my posting to "companion only, i.e. no hands-on care." We'll see where it gets me. Or, they want live-in care, or the hours are bad. I am willing to work on the weekend, but not from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. I barely have time with my husband now. My husband and I so broke. I mean really broke. I just want to help out someone's loved one to keep them company or do child care. I forgot how I added pet care for services. I now want to add child care, but for infants.  Thanks for the advice! Be well,

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I also get a mail. The person wants to me take care his dog, Cookie. He said he will mailing a check $2730, $400 goes for my first week fee. So IS THIS A FRAUD? 
The following is the content of the letter:

Thank you for the information and I'm very happy to know you want to care for my dog, the START date is 29th of July and Let me know the schedule that suits you and where you would like to care for him? I have the option of dropping him at your house or you coming for him at my place Either ways works fine with me. I just want to make sure Cookie is fine. he  has no allergies The pay rate is $25/Hour also i will be living in 513 Folsom Cir, Milpitas, CA 95035, and will like to know if we can meet on Fri (28th July) at the nearest McDonald's to you if you can provide me with the address, we can have a short meeting to conclude on other arrangements and discussion about Cookie needs and activities before work commences.....by 6:00PM if that works for you?.. Just to make it clear, The check will come in the amount of $2,750. $400 goes for your first week upfront payment to have you secure for this position and the rest goes to the dog utility suppliers on delivery and i will provide you with the suppliers information soon. But I will like to confirm your information before i proceed to mailing the check. Kindly confirm that the below information is correct so I can forward it to the payroll department for immediate processing of your check. I will look for your email soon to ensure everything is clear so i can forward your information.

And he has always stressed the the START date is 29th of July.

User in Hemet, CA
July 27, 2017

Hi this obviously sounds like a fraud especially such a large amount of money. Don't give personal information until you meet them and know they are legit. Be safe. take care and good luck!

I think we are all getting the same email scam..This crook is so stupid to be emailing everyone with the same information. Dog named Cookie, watch for $25 hr. This was from Susan B. but I noticed a red dot next to her name. I think she already got kicked off the site.

If I had not seen the comment and stories I might have gone for it but thanks to all of you I declined the offer. I saw one today it said them where moring in this area but right now they were in New York the same hours and same hours and price as the one from cookie. I can not remember her/his but watch out for them. I do have one big consider is where is My Care.com doing about these job's? Kay Latoza

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I also was somewhat of a scam victim. The "lady" was from TX. She had just lost her husband and son in March. She decided to move to SE Florida to get away from the bad memories. She was moving on August 1st and wanted to send me a check to insure that I would be available. Oh and "she" was deaf so it was all in texts. She was going to pay me $500/week for dog sitting. I never use my real address, I use a P.O. Box. When the check arrived it was for $2650.00. I texted her back. It was a cashier's check on a Bank of America branch in TX. She told me to cash it so I could buy some things for her. I took it to my bank to check on it but the bank officer and manager were worthless. I deposited the check and told her that I wouldn't spend any of the money until her check cleared. It never did but it cost me $12 in bank processing fees. I reported it to the FBI since it was an out of state check and that made it a Federal Offense. BTW the website to report scams to the FBI is IC3.gov. scroll down to "file a complaint" and enter the details. The woman used the name Elizabeth John, but I doubt that that is her real name. In retrospect I should have taken the check to a local Bank of America to cash it. All out there, just be cautious and don't spend the money until the check clears. Good Luck

Elizabeth

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I got one of those emails too! And wasn't aware enough at the time and ended up giving them my address to meet. But the funny thing about it was that the check came from or what looked to come from a bank in my home town which is ten hours away and no where near where I am now. The person said she wasn't from there either which was crazy in my opinion

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User in Hemet, CA
Aug. 25, 2017

Joanie, I hope you have made your decision and never take A job unless it is safe, you have professional contact with this person , they don't ask for anything out of the ordinary or inappropriate and definitely never take it if they are mailing you a check(cashier) or even asking for account information through emails or asking for bank info before you've even met them.

Good luck!

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I got the same message to care for a dog cookie, with 25/h pay, they asked for my address name and phone number and now I'm scared. Is there a way to report this to the authorities? 

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I agree that this is a scam. It is the same type of scam that the FBI is aware of. They often use Western Union to lure you in too. Beware!

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Yes it's a scam

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Care needs to take liability for this.... They have known and nothing has been done. Shut this site down...

Tania in Phoenix, AZ
July 20, 2017

Now why would you want to do shut Care.com down they can only do so much like any business. They're taking proper steps to stop this & as long as we're reporting it then it helps protect us. Sorry but I don't agree with you!!

Hi Frances, Thank you very much for your feedback. I'm glad someone agrees with me. 

I'm going to see a lawyer tomorrow. They have my bank info. Care should of had better security on their site. They know this has been happening for a while.

Tania in Phoenix, AZ
July 21, 2017

It's not care.com fault that you guys are willing to give your info out to anyone who is asking on here. Not a job one will ask for banking info unless your filling out for direct deposit. You should be asking better questions & meeting with whom you'll be employed by before giving any personal info on here. Care.com is merely giving us that are looking for employment & people looking for individuals like us a chance in life. Now you people out there that are not using your heads to ask yourself why would you want to take that away from us. I am truly sorry you got scammed but you need to use your head before giving out personal info. I to got one of these people but when I emailed them back to ask the right questions I never heard from them again. I also reported them to care.com within just a few days got an email from care.com that told me so & so was deleted from the site. Lets face it to many scammers in this world period for one site to weed thru all of them without our help!!!!! vent over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The only job offers I have ever received are scams. I have been aware enough to realize this so how is it my fault? Why are you assuming that everyone who has received these emails gave out their info or went all the way? Sure, a few gave admitted they didn't realize at first because they are trusting individuals but it is not fair that you are calling everyone who received a scam email dumb!

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Diane in Hamburg, PA
Aug. 25, 2017

Just got scammed by the same person . got a check that was a fraud check I called the bank and as I figured it was fake but it looked real even my bank said it looked real they want u to deposit it so they can get it out of ur bank they want all ur info don't fall for it . They are so stupid they tried me again ! Idiots !

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Sheri in Aurora, IL
Aug. 25, 2017

Total scam. Ignore. I get about 1 of these a week

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Amy in Hartford, CT
Aug. 25, 2017

Yes you are being scammed I got scammed by one woman

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Amy in Hartford, CT
Aug. 25, 2017

I was scammed once by one lady she send me a fake check to deposit it in my account deduct 500 from the account and the send rest to a person in California

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Yes definetly a scam...

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Diane in Hamburg, PA
Aug. 25, 2017

Was the check for 2500.00? And 500.00 was ur first weeks pay ?

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Hi 2 days ago this lady was trying too scam me, I'm always on point. This is what she told me Hello: Connie

Thanks for your quick response.Like i said in the Text that we are in need of a cleaner for our newly rented apartment,one time cleaning.about 3-4 hours per day. ($490.00) and we will provide all of the cleaning supplies and equipment or you can bring yours as well if it wont be a stress. I also want to let you know that i have contacted some local Cleaners but i didn't like the way all of them responded to me when they realized i am hard of Hearing,that is why i decided to come to online to look for better cleaner that would be willing to help despite my disability since i can explain better through the email and i hope you would be willing to help get the cleaning done perfectly.

Here is all the job details.I believe and understand you are an intelligent person and can do with the cleaning job? So the Bedrooms Size are as follow: One of the bedrooms is approximately 11' X 11'and the two others are are 12' x 12', but not a perfect square, so probably closer to 100 square feet; it comfortably fits a full size bed, desk, Armour and chest of drawers. The apartment is large (approximately 1,300+sf) and features the following: ---Full kitchen with dishwasher, oven, microwave, etc..---Washer/Dryer ---1 full bath / 1 half bath ---central air and heat.

The apartment occupies the entire floor of the building with direct access via the elevator. Also i would like you to know that all Tools and materials needed for the job to make it perfectly OK will be provided if needed, So you might not have to bother. I'm willing to pay the sum of $490.00 for this and i believe and sure the price is fair, and i think this is a reasonable price since it's just a 3 bed room apartment and you are only to clean the 3 bedrooms and the living room,it shouldn't take more than a day for you to have the Apartment cleaned, You will be provided with the date and time by my new Landlady as soon as I'm done making payments to you for the cleaning,pertaining to your transportation as the landlady ordered me to secure the cleaner payment first and tell her everything is set.She told me that is her Policy which i must follow.

My Landlady will be taking you to the Apartment in person immediately i contact her that i have finally paid for the cleaning service. I've already made arrangement for the payment and also the keys to the apartment, My Landlady will be showing you the Apartment so the location shouldn't be a problem since its very close to your zip code area , she will be there to help you in and all you need. I will instruct my financier to issue cashier check and mail it out to you via USPS courier right away Or i can do a Mobile deposit for you into your account if you have an account ok.

Once again, I believe that is a reasonable amount for cleaning of the apartment,and i want things to go smoothly and fast so that the painter and the shipper that will be packing in my furniture can do their own job before my return from Seminar.

To know little more about me, i am an Interior Designers, Decorators & Art collector with a large client base.I am a very busy Hard working man,Financially okay,Family Oriented and i didn't allow my hard of hearing disability to Pull me Down.

If you think you can handle this clean up perfectly and all the details as explained, kindly get back to me with the following information to mail out the payment to you so i can secure your service as demanded by the landlady:

Your Full Name

Address( Include apartment or floor number if any):

City:

State

Zip code:

mobile Phone # :

Hope to hearing from you immediately and kindly let me know if you have accepted my offer. Thanks so much for your sincerity and willingness to take up this cleaning Job. Until then have a nice day.

Regards,

EDCO INC

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Amy in Round Rock, TX
Sept. 8, 2017

I keep getting a similar message. Always dog sitting at $25 an hour even though I'm not registered as a dog sitter on this site. Care needs to do more to watch for this and remove spam and users who are sending spam! 

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Max in Annandale, VA
Sept. 3, 2017

I would not go through with this. Stay safe.

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I do not take a lead serious unless they are willing to talk to me at least via carechat. If they offer money up front I block them.

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Aug. 28, 2017

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yes scammer in my eyes, I won't even accept checks or payment before hand, only when I am onsite and actually in front of them.

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Amy in Hartford, CT
Aug. 25, 2017

Yes you are being scammed

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I am just a day in and have received 6 different messages, that are all the same almost word for word. care for a 1 year dog, golden retriever moving to my area and asking for my resume and or references and pays 25$. The first one I did send my resume which has my address and phone number, I realized after the first one they were all fake. Not sure if I will stay on.

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I got the same scam just today for a dog named cookie. This account hasn't been shut down. They must keep making new accounts because I got all this exact same request today.

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Why isn't Care.com protecting these mostly young women!?!? They will be reported to BBB. Liz Gavan

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SO much scamminess! ! :(

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User in Alsip, IL
July 15, 2018

It is a SCAM. I get the same 'message', word for word practically, several times a month. And, they are ALL THROUGH CARE.COM! The most annoying part of it is that my 'response' time gets downgraded by CARE.COM each time I get scammed by profiles that CARE.COM approves!!!!!! I usually get hit late at night (time zone changes) and don't see them until the next morning, and CARE.COM claims that I have to 'respond' to all the scammers as soon as possible, if you can believe that! They won't lift a finger to fix this problem. Hell, they won't even respond to my calls . . . .

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It is my opinion that this is a scam. Sorry to say. It happened to me twice on Craigslist when I was selling something. The checks were fake and the bank picked it up immediately. I'm so glad you asked before getting into a mess or worse, physically harmed in some way. It's sad the world cannot be trusted as it once was.

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Nadia in Jamaica, NY
Sept. 21, 2017

I received a similar offer many times through care.com I never responded it is a scam

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Amy in Hartford, CT
Aug. 25, 2017

2650 and yes

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Does Care.com vet their families before they're allowed to post a job? I'm being offered a job that sounds like all the rest in this list.... Now, I'm afraid to continue any dealings with these people! Thank you for your response.

Laura in Garner, NC
Feb. 9, 2018

I have never read anything on their site that leads me to believe they vet families before being allow to post an ad. Surely they would say if they did since it would be a great selling feature. We pretty much use at our own risks. But I do think there are many more good people than bad that post jobs.

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How do I report a scam to care.com?

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Trust your instinct.

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