Beware of nanny scam

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new job employment scam that targets potential nannies and housekeepers.

Police have been made aware of an advert that ran in the Caymanian Compass appealing for a full time experienced nanny/housekeeper. The advert claims that $30 per hour will be paid to a fun loving, caring person with a patient personality.

It asks for two year’s experience with babies and excellent spoken and written English. It stipulates that the person should be a non-smoker and that applications should be sent to [email protected].

Police were alerted by a wise member of the public, who after entering into negotiations via email became suspicious of what was happening.

Further investigations have revealed that a number of warnings about this type of scam have been published.

Basically, the potential employer will likely send some form of pre-payment or overpayment to the employee in the form of a cheque. The employer will then request the money back for a ‘family emergency’ fairly rapidly.

The victim is then forced to send some of their own money before the cheque has cleared. The cheque then bounces and the employer is never heard from again.

This scam can also be used to obtain people’s personal details, which could be used for identity theft.

It can be hard to tell the difference between a genuine opportunity and a scam.

The following red flags should be used as indicators for residents:

• Family offers to hire you without interviewing

• Family offers you money in advance

• Any references to Africa or cruise ships

• Amazing salaries or work conditions which seem unrealistic

• Asking you to open a bank account

• Needs a ‘favour’ from you and asks you to forward money somewhere for medical care, furniture, moving, child’s tuition etc via a money transfer centre

• Any prepayment or overpayment for services. The family will have an ’emergency’ and need the money back before the bank tells you the cheque was bad

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