Babysitting is big business with caretakers commanding big bucks. There are even sites that sitters can register with to help them find families. In addition to trying to avoid a nightmare child, there's a new issue of whether the parents will scam you.
Erin Ladner says she signed up to provide babysitting services by filling out a profile through a national website. The website provides information to help care seekers and care providers connect.
Jobs include: child care, babysitting, senior care, nannies, pet care and housekeeping. "I immediately starting getting hits from parents wanting care for their parents, for their kids and I instantly started babysitting,” says Ladner.
But then on Jan. 5, Ladner says she received an email. The email was from a woman who said she needed a nanny for her daughter. Ladner said the women's email sounded very convincing, but when the lady wanted money for a wheelchair for her daughter Ladner says she knew immediately the email wasn't on the up and up. “I wanted to bring awareness to protect yourself,” says Ladner.
Be careful on those sites. But there are people out there who really need help but they are being blocked by scams. Often these scams involve the parent saying they are moving from another location to your area.
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