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Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in General

How to protect yourself from scammers

How to protect yourself from scammers

 

Although the vast majority of people are decent and honest there are always a few who want to spoil things for the rest of us. The Internet is a fantastic resource, but it also can bring you into contact with people who try to take advantage of you. These so-called scammers or fraudsters (criminals) use the anonymity of the Internet to falsely take on the identity of people and institutions to trick others and try and steal their money.

Follow these guidelines for safe searching:

  • Always use the secure Findaupair.com Messaging System for making first contact with au pairs or host families.
  • Never send money to anyone – only scammers ask for money.  Genuine au pairs or families will never ask you to send money to anyone for any reason.  This includes a request to send a Western Union or MoneyGram Payment to yourself or a relative.  Once the scammers have the Western Union Transfer Control number or the MoneyGram number they can collect the money and you will have lost your money.
  • If it sounds too good to be true then it’s not true.  These are almost certainly tricks to take advantage of you.   For example, a monthly salary of 1500 pounds or dollars = Scammer.
  • Be careful about au pairing contacts coming via Facebook or other social networks.  Ask the au pair or family for their Locator ID number on Findaupair.com and always check their profile on the website. If they can’t or won’t give it to you or you can’t see their profile because it’s been deleted – it’s because they’re scammers.
  • Be careful with emails starting with “Dear au pair”/”Dear family.” Scammers don’t address you personally because their email has been bulk-mailed to lots of people.
  • Check out the visa requirements for any country you want to go to.  As soon as you start corresponding with a potential host family, Google for their country’s Embassy website in your own country, and find out how to become an au pair in the host family’s country.  Follow those instructions only.  Read about the country’s rules for au pairs and be very careful if the host family suggests different conditions.
  • Scammers sometimes pretend to be representatives from the authorities and use manipulated email or website addresses to ask for immigration documents, money or deposits.
  • Be aware of where emails are coming from – some people may try to trick you. Check email and website addresses carefully.
  • Arrange Skype interviews as a means of verifying contacts. Make sure you can see them as most scammers don’t like to show themselves in person.

At Findaupair.com we always have an open door for your security concerns. If a particular profile, message or email seems strange to you contact us. We’re always here to help you.

Did you ever have to deal with a scammer? What happened and how did you solve the situation?

8 Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for the tips! An acquaintance of mine had the misfortune to come in contact with such a person when she was seeking for an au pair for her daughter. I think it is very important to know how to avoid being fooled by scammers.

  2. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad guys who try to defraud good people and most of them got stuck.

  3. I’ve had two au pairs until now and I’ve always arranged Skype interviews, checked their references and info. It’s very important to be careful because many persons try to take advantage of innocent people.

  4. I feel very luck because I haven’t met people like these. But I am conscious that there are lots of scammers in the world.

  5. thanks

  6. I deal with a scammer in a few days thanks for this site because its helps me to be aware…

  7. Thanks for the awareness.I recently met one of them who asked 1500 Pounds as the processing fee for my Visa Card.At that time I was verry stranded and did not have even a single penny.So I begged the sponser to carter for my air ticket and my visa card and once i start working,he shall deduct his total cost from my salary but he refused.So i told him i am un-able to give the requested amount and he should give the job to someone else whose capable.But he refused and wrote me the last mail saying i must send the money through Westrn Union under his name hence, he had already start processing the documents and he can not reverse it.So my fellow friends i tell you, Be careful when contacting someone on the site.Some of them are fraudsters..

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