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Nanny GPS: SCAM Warnings - scam e-mails from bogus families, au pairs, nannies, visa travel agencies

Warning - Be Careful of spammers

Unfortunately, the Internet has many scams in operation. Please be very careful when dealing with people. Never ever send anyone money you do not know or trust. Use the Nanny GPS internal messaging system to validate someone is genuine. Always be suspicious if someone asks you to e-mail them directly with their first message.

Many scams involve a bogus Travel Agency, Visa Services, Agencies or some form of service requesting money. Here are some samples of SCAM e-mails some of our members have received.

See our VISAS page to get you started on understanding visa requirements for each country. Always contact the High Commission, Embassy in each country to obtain the correct visa information.


SCAM e-mail - Visa requirements for the US

  • The following e-mails detail the dialog between one of our au apairs and a bogus family. Please read to see how the scam unfolds.

Nanny GPS internal Message

Hello Au Pair,

I am Mrs Shantell Davids, 40 Years Old from United State of America. I work with Private Hospital in Brooklyn USA and I don't usually stay home unless during weekends. My kids are intelligent and nice kid, their name are James and Ann, they are 2 and 5years old respectively, i want you to be with them and take good care of them for me for about 4 to 6month, all i need from you is trust and honest because i will not be at home with the kids and they will be at home with you alone.You can send me a Mail at : ( shantelldavids@yahoo.com ). I will be Much Happy to Read Back from you.

Thanks

Mrs Shantell

Mrs Shantell

  • The au pair responded Mrs Shantell by e-mail and from this point onwards the communication between the au pair and bogus family was via their own e-mails.

Hello Dear,

Thanks for your Message . You will be Working 5 Hours a day you will take the Kids to School in the morning and later go and pick them Back Home from school you will be having free Periods with the Kids on Weekends you take them Out to New Places and go to Beach and Other recreations Places.I will be Paying you 550$ Per week you will be staying with us in the House and My Kids and you will have Free Access to Internet Facilities,Private Room and Bath and a Private Car for you. I will be taking you for shopping once in 3weeks. I will like to know if you have a Working Permit Document and a Valid Working Visa . I will be looking forward to hear Back from you.

Thanks

Mrs Shantell

Mrs Shantell

  • The au pair responded. Mrs Shantell followed with this e-mail.

Hello,

Thanks so Much for your E-mail ... My Kids are intellengent Kids, respectfull Kids , Am a busy woman and my Husband is presently absent from home due to the nature of his job . For the Faster and Quicker processing of your Working Permit Document and Visa you would have to contact the Traveling Company that Helped my Last Au pair from Germany and you don't need to Contact any other Traveling Company.. They will Process your Traveling Document Very Fast and Durable. You can Contact the Traveling Company's Agent at

E-mail : Carribeantravel@mail2consultant.com
Agent Name : Mr PAUL PETRIE (Agent)

Immediately you contact the Traveling Company they will process the Document in 8-12 Days and will be Dispatched Over to your Residential Address . Get Back to me Immediately you E-mail the Agency and i would love to see more of your Pictures.

Thanks

Mrs Shantell

Mrs Shantell

  • The au pair responded. Mrs Shantell followed with this e-mail.

Hello Dear,

Thanks for your E-mail .. It really needed to have a working Visa and Working Permit without this Document you wouldn't be allowed to work in the United State. The Carribean Travel International is a travel company under the Authority of the US Government and they don't request for charges processing your document . About your Fligth we are going to be responsible for the Booking of your Air Line .

What you are requested to do is to contact the Agency for further Information's so they can start the preparation of your Document we really need you ASAP to come start work with us and the kids really likes your picture . I will be waiting to hear from you as soon as you send the E-mail to the agency .

Thanks

Mrs Shantell

Carribean Travels International (CTI)

  • The au pair contacted the travel agency (Carribean Travels International or CTI). This is their response.

Dear Customer,

Thanks for the message you sent to us.We really appreciate your effort concerning working with Mrs Shantell Davids. Your category of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (DS-2019) allows you as a caring live-in childcare provider between the ages of 18 and 45 to live as an extended member of your host family in exchange for room, board, and a stipend. Whilst the main priority of a successful applicant will be to take care of the kids, you should also have free time to enjoy life in the U.S.

For processing of your J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and Working Permit, We will like to have some information about you so as for us to start with the processing. You will have to get back to us with the below information so as for us to go ahead with your visa application.There won't be problem processing your Traveling Document. Below is the information's you will have to provide to us :

  1. Your Full Name
  2. Your Full Address and Country
  3. Phone Number
  4. Sex
  5. Date of Birth (D.O.B)
  6. E-mail address
  7. E-mail address of your Host Family
  8. Full Name of your Host Family

Get Back to us with the above Information's for Further Processing Of your Working Permit and your J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Visa. This will take us up to 8-10 days at maximum efficient. Delays depend on you and your host family. We are Looking Forward for your Fast Response.

Thanks

Best Regard

Carribean Travels International

Mr PAUL PETRIE(Agent).

The au pair

  • The au pair declined Mrs Shantell's offer.

Dear Shantell, I am sorry but I think that I am not good adept for you cause I dont have any driving license first. Another thing is that you dont answer to me any of my questions and if I would come so far I would like to be sure where I am going and what I can expect..Hope you understand me.

Mrs Shantell

  • Mrs Shantell followed with this e-mail.

Hello,

Thanks for your message , We would be providing a driver for you that will help both you and the Kids . I want to assure you that you are really save with us . We have all you wanted and if you wish to also study we can also enroll you into one of those Colleges around us .

We are living is our own house and it well ventilated with 4 Bed rooms and each rooms with his own Toilet and Kitchen. It really Cool out here and you will really Enjoy every bit of it out here . We are really much happy to have you home with you and the Kids really Love your Picture and they can't wait to have you home with them .

I Just got an E-mail from the Agency requesting me to make Payment of 500 $ for your Health Insurance when you get down here and also they where requesting you to also make payment for the Couriering of your document down to your Home address / Country . I would want you to know that i will be sending one of my Client Out tonight to help me make the Payment to the Agency for your Health Insurance .

I will also want to let you know that it really important you get back to me with the nearest air port around you so i can make proper Booking of the Air Line . Am waiting to hear from you to know when you would be paying for the Posting/ Courier Charges of the document over to you . We are really happy that we already have you home with us ..

Welcome Home

Get Back to me ASAP

Thanks

Mrs Shantell

  • The au pair asked Mrs Shantell for references. This is her response.

Hello,

Thanks A lot for your E-mail . I want to assure you that you have noting to Fear about working with me , The CTI agency are working under the United State Government as a Private Traveling Company with the Back up of the United State Government. The CTI Official Website is been establish and Publish my the US Government with is Under Construction for some period of time .

I reside along side where you find a Beach .. I live at 101 Clark St Ste 3, Brooklyn NYC. Here is my Last au pair contact information

Name : James Cole

E-mail : jame_cole02@yahoo.com

you can send him an e-mail on there and he will be very happy to know you want to start working with me . According to the agency am supposes to make the full payment of your health insurance payment and after you finish your Job they will return the remaining amount back to me but first i have to pay the full amount . I really hope you understand me better now i have to rush back to the hospital . Am waiting to hear back from you asap to know when you will be sending the 480$ .

Get back to me ASAP

Thanks

Mrs shantell

James Cole

  • The au pair contacted Mrs Shantell's references (James Cole). This is his response.
  • The candidate noticed the telephone number in this e-mail was the same as Mrs Shantell's husband who called her that morning.

Hi ... how u doing am how was your day.. it really nice knowing you are from Mrs Shantell . Am James from Germany working with Mrs Shantell Family is the greatest Experince have ever heard , they are God Fearing Family, Cool , Outgoing and Trust Worth Family there Kids are Intellegent Kids and that are Morally sound . i really miss them so much and i was send them E-mail , Greeting Card because they are Wounder full Family and i want to let you know that you must not loose them because they are ready to take you to any extent in Life .

Here is my Mobile Number here in TX +13254802810.. you can reach me on that number and i will be waiting to hear from you ..just make sure you Obey the Family rules and regulation and less i forget you just have to pay only for the Postage of your document to your home country because that just what i paid for .. if you have any question please feel free you ask me.Thanks James

Mrs Shantell

  • The au pair contacted Mrs Shantell who requested additional money.

Hello,

Thanks for your E-mail . Why my profile on the site was Texas is because my Husband is working in Texas and he do Visit us in Brooklyn NY most Weekends . He works in a Car Manufacturing Company in Texas and we really love Each other and i missed him so much ..lol .. I told him about you and he was very happy to know you are really much ready to work and take Good Care of the Kids and he has made a Promise they he will make sure he gives you all you want to be Happy with us .

The Question i have for you is just that do you know how to send Money Using Western Union and hope you got the Correct Information of the Agency you will be sending Money too today .

I have make a contact to the Air Port down here to know how much it will cost for the Booking of your Air Line from Prague to USA and it will Cost a sum of 1600 $ and requested to Pay an additional fees of 1600 $ on your behalf for your Air Line Booking .

Immediately you send the Money today you notify me and make sure you send all the requested information to the agency so they might be able to send out your document Immediately .

I wait to hear from you

Thanks

Mrs Shantell

Mrs Shantell

  • From this point onwards the au pair stopped communicating with Mrs Shantell.
  • This is Mrs Shantell next e-mail.

Hello,

How are you doing . I just contacted the agency to let them know you send the Money Already but they Informed me that they did not receive any E-mail from you regarding the Money been sent from you and they Informed me that your Document is ready to be dispatched over to your Residental Address .

I will want you to Forward all the Information's to the Agency .. the Total amount send, MTCN and Full Name of the Sender and also you can forward the Information to me also .. Am waiting to hear back from you asap .

Mrs Shantell

Mrs Shantell

  • Mrs Shantell sent another e-mail.

Hello,

Am just on break now and am i was tiring to search for your E-mail but i didn't i have paid for your Health Insurance and have send you the Infos of the payment . Am waiting to hear back from you and provide me with the western union info you sent .

Thanks

Mrs Shantell

Mrs Shantell

  • Mrs Shantell sent another e-mail.

Hello Dear,

I have contacted the Traveling company to let them know have made the payment of $500 for your health insurance and I send my house maid to make the payment via western union money transfer yesterday, here is the reference from the western union.

MTCN is 0391114484
sender's first name: Annie
Sender's name: Thoonsen
Amount: $500

Now I want you to send the 480 $ and make sure you send the Information's over to the Traveling Agency and also send the Info's to me also . Am waiting to hear back from you .

Mrs Shantell

  • Mrs Shantell final e-mail.

Hello ..

What Happening .. Have Make the Payment of your Health Insurance and have send you the Notification why can't you also send me the Notification of the 480 $ you paid .. Am waiting to hear from you because am beging to feel maybe you're tring to Scam me .. Just want you to Put the Thinking away from me right now ..

Immediately you get my Message reply me .

Thanks

Mrs Shantell

  • The au pair did not send any money to the spammer and notified Nanny GPS of the scam. We marked this profile as SCAM to warn others they may have contacted.
  • Always be careful and be familiar with scams on the internet.

SCAM e-mail - Visa requirements for the UK

We wish to inform you that we received information from the Home Office of B.H.C (British High Commission) Head Quarter today that a new policy has been put into force to regulate genuine working applicants coming into the UK. Thus Applicant(s) applying as an Employee to United Kingdom must deposit a Total sum of 2 000 pounds to the Home Office of the BHC (British High Commission) Head Quarter here in United Kingdom. This is mandatory for anyone coming to work or study in the UK.

We have been able to make more inquiries on how to get this policy for all EU citizen and non-EU citizens coming to work in the United Kingdom and here are some of the informations given to us.

An inquiry about deposits for all Aupair was made by EXCELLENT TRAVEL from the BHC (British High Commission) head quarters that a policy as been made for any applicants who is an EU citizen or other countries that are applying as an Aupair to United Kingdom or even to study and also work must deposit the exact amount of 2 000 pounds per head to the BHC (British High Commission) head quarter here in United Kingdom.

Firstly any EU citizen or other countries that are applying as an Aupair or even Nanny to United Kingdom must deposit the exact amount of 2000 pounds to the BHC (British High Commission) head quarters here in United Kingdom.

Secondly this deposit is refundable after you get into United Kingdom in your host family house then you must report with your employer to the nearest BHC in the UK to get your money back immediately or soon

Thirdly this policy was made to check and control genuine applicants coming to the UK as many applicants (Aupair nanny or anyone who wants to study) come to United Kingdom to work but most of them never report to their host family or even to their school of study but they rather prefer to be at large and never contact the host family or the school again.

Please note that this money 2 000 pounds is totally refundable and is just to show that you are truly coming to the UK to work and not to abscond after getting your Visa and as soon asyou get to UK at the host family residence all you have to do is to report to the UK embassy with your employer to get back your 2 000 pounds Hope this is clearly understood.

The immigration will ask about this from you and also an invoice at the airport or all other security places and if you dont show one they will have to send you back to your country immediately so it is better to deposit the 2 000 pounds so that you won't have problem with the immigration at the airport when landing and also so that we can finanlise your working registrations .

So we urge you to inform your host family about this and we shall also inform them too we wait for your positive response. The deposit must be send to us or your host family to register for you so that we can forward it to the Home Office of BHC Head Quarter Here in United Kingdom.

Thanks for your co-operation and understanding in anticipation of your response.

Many Thanks

VISA WORK PERMITS AGENCY INTERNATIONAL

 

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