Babysitting/Housekeeper scam on Craigslist

I recently responded to this ad via email on Craigslist:

A great family is seeking for honest,reliable and hardworking babysitter/housekeeper, your service is needed for 15 hours a week. Flexible hours. Must be responsible, competent, fun and good with kids, honest, positive attitude,light house work etc.Must be above 18.

Indicate which city and zip code you live in.For more details get back to us via our email address: [email protected]

* Compensation: $300 – $400 Weekly
* This is a part-time job.
* This is a contract job.
* OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 2160044119

Here is the email this person sent back to me:

Hello Tijannia,

Thanks so much for your interest in our nanny advert placed on Craigslist. My Name is Junior Field, my wife’s name is Penny with our first child Paul of 3 years old. My wife is 5month’s pregnant and we are in the process of re-locating from London, UK to your city and will as well appreciate if you can recommend a good doctor for her when we arrive. I will be working on a contract basis with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in your area, doing private research work and am in need of someone who can help my wife with some of the house hold chores running some errands when necessary and babysitting my son Paul taking care of him as yours around these hours of 2pm – 6pm from Mondays thru Fridays. You would only be needed for few hours per week at your convenience and will like you to get back to me with your available hours.

Paul is a talented son and very bright. He is fun loving, kind and lovely. I will be needing your service till the end of the year but am offering $300.00 per week as compensation for a trustworthy and honest candidate. I have a Personal Assistant who is helping me with the re-location process. It’s okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out nanny as i can drop him at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving soon.
If you accept this position, I will instruct my finance manager to forward to you a check for your first week upfront payment by express mail so that i can be rest assured of your availability for the job and wouldn’t need to search for a nanny anymore. I will as well run a background check on you because it’s not easy to leave a child with someone just like that and i hope you understand my concerns.

If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back to me asap with the information below required for confirmation and further proceedings to take place:

Full name:
Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
Apt #:
City:
Zip Code:
Home & Cell numbers:

Our expected arrival date is 6th of February but you will be paid beginning immediately, as 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, etc. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity. And am sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my son.

Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making arrangements with our travel agency while i await your swift response regards this employment offer and the requested details.

Sincerely,

Mr Field.

I reported it to Craigslist already, but just can’t have ease of mind knowing that this person is out there doing this to other people.

This post was submitted by Tijanina Miller-Garcia.

  1. Salena, 20 September, 2015

    I responded to the nanny/babysitting job just a few weeks ago, but they made a mistake! After I put my initial acceptance for the job, I heard nothing back from them. Then a few days ago I got the same response asking if I would take the job but a different name but the SAME information and I called the person on it and I got “I do not understand” back as a response.

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