Keep yourself Safe – Internet Safety

For your safety and financial protection, please take a moment to read this section about how to stay safe online and avoid becoming the victim of a scam.

Recognising A Scammer

Internet scams/online fraud are becoming more common. We have all received emails from people claiming to be a well-known bank or telling us we have won an amazing prize, but some scammers take things further. A scammer may pose as a host family or an au pair organisation and will try to gain your confidence via email.

Once they have gained your trust, they will ask you to wire/send money to them using a money transfer company such as Western Union of Money Gram. Do not fall for this: never send personal details (eg passport info) or agree to wire or transfer money using money transfer companies, cashiers checks or money orders!

Always remember that no reputable business or organisation would ever ask for personal details or money to be wired/sent over the Internet.

Scam Checker

Most scams involve one or more of the following

  • Poorly written emails from people you don’t know
  • Being offered deals which sound too good to be true
  • Inability or refusal to speak with you directly on the phone
  • Odd/suspicious email addresses
  • Demanding/urgent/threatening emails requesting an immediate response
  • Requests for personal information (passport details)
  • Requests to send/wire money via Western Union, Money Gram, cashier’s checks, money orders

Name and Shame – Known Scammers

Please send us your emails if you have had experience with scammers – they are very clever and go to great lengths to fool you, and we will add to list – but please REPORT the scammer to your local authorities and the operators of the site you were contacted by the scammer on.

One scammer is pretending to be a Host Family linked with our company – they are NOT linked with us yet they continue to use our web address and the physical address of a US Au Pair Agency (not us).

Email addresses they are using; and
Please note that ANY legitimate company will have an email related to their domain name – not ones like the above – outlook or gmail or hotmail or any other FREE email service where thy don’t have to supply creditcard details to set it up.

What To Do

If you think you are being targeted by a scammer claiming to be affiliated with an International Nanny Agency but they have no website, or you are concerned about the authenticity of an email, phone call or message then contact us by phone or email. You can also run searches on the Internet to check out suspicious email addresses, so if in doubt, check it out!

Au Pair or Nanny Matching Sites

Please note that Nannies Abroad has no direct affiliation with public au pair or nanny matching sites. If you do post a profile either as an au pair or a host family on a public au pair matching site, please make sure you read that site’s scam prevention information carefully, and, as above, never send personal info or agree to wire/transfer money to people you meet on these matching sites.If you think you are in contact with a scammer via one of these sites, inform that site owner immediately. Keep all emails and report to your local police or internet scamming organisations (most police have departments especially for this) they will need the email header information from all emails you received plus any original listings.

Getting a job through a recognised agency is the only way to ensure the family has been screened and vetted.

Nannies Abroad Payment Methods

You will only be invoiced for your Au Pair in America Program Fee once you have placed with one of our carefully selected Host Families. You will only be requested to pay this Program Fee via your secure, password-protected Au Pair in America Participant Site. Neither Au Pair in America, nor any of its registered US host families, will ever ask you to send or wire money via Western Union, Money Gram, cashier’s checks or money orders.

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