Nigerian Babysitting Scam | Teen Ink

Nigerian Babysitting Scam

October 30, 2009
By Mallory Risko GOLD, Ocala, Florida
Mallory Risko GOLD, Ocala, Florida
11 articles 0 photos 2 comments

In this tough economy, it's increasingly harder to find work. As a high school student, I have been also on the hunt for a job.My resume has been posted on multiple babysitting websites and I have also been applying elsewhere. I started looking in June of 2009 and finally got my break in October 2009. A man by the name of Mr. Brown contacted me. Mr. Brown informed me that he had gotten my information of off He and his family were moving to the United States from Malaysia and would be needing a babysitter by November 15th. The prices he offered were $600 for the weekday and $300 for the weekend. I thought it was a high price, but let it go because I just assumed they probably had a prestigious job. The emails
between the two of us kept going. By the third email he had told me I had been accepted for the job. I was escatic. Before they arrived in America he wanted me to get his daughter an Nintendo DS game. He told me that he would send me money, and I could just go and buy the game. I did not have time to reply to that email because I had to get to school. When I got home I decided to look up more information about this guy. On google I stumbled across this link, saying Nannies Beware of this Scheme. The women who posted this warning was from Detroit. Her warning had only been posted two weeks before. Which was around the time I recived my first email from Mr. Brown. After reading this warning I became very alarmed, I had been Scammed! If I had continued with his scheme, I would have recieved the money order. In my research I have found that people who recieve this scam get sent $3000 money orders. However there is a catch. The money orders are fake, and you end up paying out of pocket. Also, as you progress in this scam you are asked to send them items.

This is a warning from me to you. If you recieve any emails that sound to good to be true. They probably are. I know what it's like to be scammed. It hurts because you get emotionally attached to the family, this is exactly what you don't want to do. Instead do not reply to the emails and get the word out about how you got scammed.You should never give out personal information. If these guys are intelligent enough to scam people, then they can find them as well. Unfortunatley
thats all you can do. It's extremely difficuly for law enforcement to do anything about it here in The United States. The minds behind these schemes are often in other countries where the United States has no jurisdiction. I beleieve that if more people know about this scam, the less people will lose money and fall for this trap.

The author's comments:
I wrote this piece in order to inform people about an awful scam that I experienced. I hope that they do not make the same mistake I did, in replying to the email. If any of you have experienced the same thing feel free to leave your comments and share your story. The more word that gets out the better.

Similar Articles


This article has 1 comment.

Orunitia said...
on Apr. 27 2010 at 10:47 pm
Apparently now this Mr. Brown has also just started using the name "John Bilson"