Babysitting Offer A Scam

An Omaha woman answered an ad for a babysitter, but it didn't turn out anything like Mary Poppins.

“I have books and games.” Carol has the experience to be a nanny. “Yes, I do and usually I go to their house.”

But the fairy tale she can tell now is about a check for $3,500 that a scammer wanted her to cash. “I called my bank and mentioned the name of the credit union where the check was from. He looked online and said, I don't think this is good.”

Perusing Craigslist, Carol found an ad for an in-home babysitter, but to meet the parents she had to cash the check, keep a fee, then wire the rest back. The logo on the check is a real credit union, but you won't find a phone number because the scammer doesn't want to make it easy for you to check if the check is bogus.

Fact Finders googled, then called the credit union about the check. “Don't deposit it because it’s not a good check,” said a fraud investigator.

Still, Carol came close to cashing the check. “The whole thing smelled fishy, but I was anxious to just make some money doing what I love, watching kids.”

Carol doesn't want her real name used out of fear that more scams will come her way. The scam artist continues to send her emails. Now the con man is threatening to report the woman to police if she doesn't cash the check and wire money. That is a major red flag.


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