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Allison
Brooklyn, NY, United States
2015-02-13 09:06:21
Nanny/Au pair Scam
Other Job Site
Courtney Stern Sittercity.com  
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Courtney Stern
Email Address:
   courtneystern@outlook.com
I saw an ad placed on sittercity.com by a Courtney S. searching for someone to take care of her ill sister who was coming to town. Naturally I thought that since the site required its sitters to undergo background checks and other security measures, it would do the same for its clients. I was wrong. After sending in an application I was met with this email:

"Good morning

I hope this message meets you in great spirit. My name is Courtney Stern i teach in a disability school of deaf and dumb because i am deaf also. My sister Christiana. She will be coming from Wisconsin to your residential state for a business trip and she will be moving in by this week. She is 36 Years of age. 140lbs and 5.8ft. She speaks English fluently. We really need you to be honest and trust worthy in this work. The work basis are below

–You are to be checking on My Sister at least 3 times in a week for proper caring and to know how well about her health and i think you have little medical experience. She sickly pneumonia symptoms epilepsy, She can as well eat and bath herself do normal activities everyone does

–You will be driving her to hospital when she need arise for proper medical check up at least once in a month and if you don’t know how to drive, you will hire a car or taxi.

–Your advise to choose your working 3days and morning and evening hours. 3hours working time I.E Monday, Wednesday & Saturday. Anytime and day suitable for you when you will be available, you can live in with her if you wanted, we will handle the expenses of foods and accommodation thats a plus.

-You are earning $500 a week

You will have to prescribe the convenient hrs during each of this days which will not affect your other regular work as this will be a part time work for you and if you want to live with her in the house for other assistance there will be no problem. ?

So kindly provide me your full name and mailing address so that we can ensure the housing agent get her an apartment which will be more closer to your house and I hope about 10 miles will not be too far for you. Also we will be paying you the first week wages upfront payment via a Certified Check because you will help her to get some medical tools like one touch basic machine, acu-check machine and test trips in any nearest pharmacy store around.

So I want you to feed me back with the following details so that we can ensure you are ready for the work.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS I WANT YOU TO EMAIL BACK SO THAT THE CHECK CAN GET YOU:

First name………………. ?
Last name………………… ?
Door step street current address……………
( If your address have APT# Please ADD on )
?City…………………….. ?
State……………………. ?
Zip/Postal code…………… ?
Age………………………. ?
Home phone number……………….. ?
Current Cell phone number………………… ?
Current Email.........

Make sure you attached your email address in reply for easier communication aswell. My email address is courtneystern@outlook.com you can email the information here please! I am a deaf patient, forgive me its mother nature. So i can be contacted by my cell phone via text message as well i will appreciate that, my number is (847) 461-9744

I will be sending you her living address very soon so that you will know where you will be working. I will give you her living address once the rental agent find her a suitable house closer to you. I await your email soonest so we can proceed as you can understand that the date is getting approach.

God bless you and have a wonderful day ahead!

Best Regards"


Though it seemed suspicious I initially read it as a nervous parent or aunt wanting to be certain and secure. But then there was never any mention of wanting to see a resume, references, or credentials. The emails were too prompt, disorganized, and rushed. And then even though I had specifically asked to receive the check after meeting with the client in person, I received this email.


"Good Morning Allison

We deeply apologize for the delay to get you started. However the check is already mailed out and you will be receiving it soon, once you get the check your advised to deposit it at your BANK or ATM / MOBILE APP DEPOSIT for quick withdrawal today because my sister needs a place to lay her head when she comes by tomorrow so you can get started by this week when she arrives.

Deduct your upfront payment that's salary of your service charge for the week

Tracking number# www.usps.com 94701016993200xxxxxxxx

Note: The payment include the Rental Agent company fees and the money is the Rental Trans Agent company will use to come over to locate you and give you the key in person of the apartment, What you are going to do as soon as you receive the funds you will deduct your money for the week $500 and send the rest to my sister Rental Trans Agent company via MONEY GRAM Transfer in the same day (MONEY IN A MINUTE) so that the rental trans company agent in your area can start coming immediately to give you the key of the apartment.

Money Gram information to send the funds today formatted below

MONEY GRAM INFO ( EXPO HEADQUARTER TRANS REALTY COMPANY )

NAME: NICHOLAS J CALABRETTA
ADDRESS: 1367 W Estes Avenue
CITY: CHICAGO
STATE: IL
ZIPCODE: 60626

And email me with this details below after you send the funds to the Rental Trans Agent company Via MONEY GRAM Transfer.

Sender’s Full Name:
Sender's Address:
Money Gram Transfer Number:
Money Gram Deduction Sending Charges fee:


Text me at (847) 461-9744 if you need anything or questions

God Bless You"

I naturally researched the company and the transfer system and it lead me to this site and many like it stating this was inevitably a scam. But what really hammered the nail in the coffin, so to speak, was when I saw a fellow sittercity.com member/sitter had also posted about the same crime/scam but placed under the name of Stephanie Diaz. I am, however, yet to receive a check but fully intend on ripping it up upon receipt.

Avoid at all cost anyone who, not only prematurely sends you a check for services un-rendered but also requires you to transfer it to an unknown person or location. Any body looking for a care giver but does not think to interview them/insure their trustworthiness is most likely not trustworthy themselves.
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