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Tyler nanny finds herself in the middle of online scam

Recently, Hayley went to a free nanny website to apply for jobs. (Source: KLTV Staff) Recently, Hayley went to a free nanny website to apply for jobs. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Haley says during her job search she responded to an ad looking for someone to care for their two kids and to do some household chores. (Source: KLTV Staff) Haley says during her job search she responded to an ad looking for someone to care for their two kids and to do some household chores. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Online websites for job hunters are becoming more and more popular these days, and that includes sites for those looking for nanny and babysitting jobs. But some websites for childcare are now crawling with scam artists, targeting young women who may not know the signs.

As a young wife, college student and mom, Hayley likes to find extra jobs caring for children to help out her family. Recently, Hayley went to a free nanny website to apply for jobs.

"I emailed them to the email they provided and sent like a resume, and they needed references and made it look very real," Hayley said.

Haley says during her job search she responded to an ad looking for someone to care for their two kids and to do some household chores. But Hayley said something didn't feel right.

"They weren't from in town, and they wanted me to purchase things and keep it at my house until they arrived, that they would send me the money," she said.

Better Business Bureau President Mechele Mills says some scam artists are likely to say they are traveling. When Hayley asked, she got a similar answer.

"They [said they] traveled for a living; but when I asked, they said they worked for the National Geographic magazine," she said.

Hayley says they offered her $415 a week. Four days later she received a check for more than $2,400. The check was from Los Angeles, but the envelope was post marked North Carolina.

"As technology advances, these fake checks become more and more realistic, but the obvious clue is they paid you too much," Mills said.

Hayley never cashed the check, but worries other young women may fall victim because the emails sound so real.

The Better Business Bureau say to watch out for jobs that seem too good to be true; according to Care.com, the average hourly pay for a nanny is $11.73.

Hayley says she found another job with a legitimate family. 

Mills says the goal of these scams is to gain access to financial and personal information. She says to never give that information out until you are sure you're dealing with a legitimate employer. The Better Business Bureau also says if they only contact you via email or text message, it's probably a scam. Another clue is that most parents would want to meet the person taking care of their children before hiring them.

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