Below are emails sent to about 20 nanny subscribers who had recently posted offering childcare and other services. Note there are 3 different versions. On one of them, the scammer "Penny" said she was temporarily out of the country.
Professional, single mother with crazy and varying schedules is looking for a caregiver for my wonderful 6yrs old daughter. My schedule is unpredictable, so flexibility is key. Additionally, I would like some help with shopping, errand running and straightening of the living room area that tends to be constantly covered in toys no matter how hard I try! Responsibilities will include some driving, so driver’s license and excellent driving record are necessary – I can provide the car. Pay rate is $25 to $35 per hour(Negotiable) Work hours: 35+ hours per week If you or someone you know is interested, please have them send an email to ph807050 [at] gmail.com with “Babysitter/Mother's Helper” in the subject line and the following 3 things: 1. Name 2. Resume(If available) 3. One example of why you’re great for this role Thanks! Penny Holland
I am currently looking for a personal assistant to take care of my to-do list and provide time-saving solutions for my busy schedule. I have more things to do and less time to get them done so I'll be needing someone to help me with finding that one hard to find item, or complete my entire gift list for autumn. Additionally, I would like some help with errands and anything else that buys me more time! My offer is $20-25/hour and I will be needing you for 15-30 hours every week. If you can be of assistance, please email me directly at ph807050 [at] gmail.com Thank you! Penny Holland
For Hire: Part Time Personal/Family/Business Assistant Hello! We are looking to hire someone as a personal/family business assistant. This person will help us to accomplish tasks that we have less and less time to complete ourselves. These tasks include things like online research, email management, data gathering/entry, phone calls, and some shopping/errand running. We are thinking it would be no more than 5-20 hours a week. Hours are completely flexible, though some items will require timely completion. We plan to pay either by the project (larger tasks) or by time at $20/hour (for smaller tasks). We think this might be well-suited for a college or grad student who is looking to make some money part-time. But anyone is welcome to apply! We would love to hire someone within the Church. We’d prefer someone who is comfortable communicating by phone, has a professional demeanor, basic spreadsheet capability (google sheets or excel), is a google search phenom and who’s ready to start right away! If you or someone you know is interested, please have them send an email to ph807050 [at] gmail.com with “Personal/Family/Business Assistant” in the subject line and the following 3 things: 1. Name 2. Resume (If available) 3. One example of why you’re great for this role Thanks! Penny Holland
A nanny who was listed on BPN's website got this email:
The scammer subscribed to BPN pretending to be a parent under the name "Faith Evans" at the email address Danny1244k [at] gmail.com, but they contacted the nanny from the email address faithevans360 [at] gmail.com.
From: Faith Evans Hello, i am in need of your service i got your email From BFN. I am relocating to your neighborhood from Graniteville, SC. I recently got a contract with a company on a private research job.However i need someone that will help me in running some few errands and baby sitting.I need someone to work 5 days per week 4 hours per day, someone that is matured whether young or older, loves kids, reliable and punctual. You will take care of JASON he is 6 years old for 5 days a week and will have to give him a bath, meals while we are away. Responsibilities for him will be to look after him,feed him meals,bath,keep him clean and safe.My Son is my life so i entrust you to give him the best care.. I will be offering you $500 weekly, i will be needing your services for 4 hours at any suitable time of yours between Monday-Friday If you believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, I will instruct my financial to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service in advance.No problem about working for us and, we will be living close to your neighborhood. I and my family would be coming into town on the 10th of November so let me know when its most convenient for you to start and also my financial payroll will make out a check to you before our arrival.You will receive a Certified Check which you will deduct your wages of $500 for the first week and the remaining funds will be used to get foodstuffs and you will also be making some payment for my mom bills, furniture and some house interior which will be done at the Walmart close to you, so it won't be stressful for you and other things needed in the house. Actually our flights from South Carolina will arrive at night so you will be getting the foodstuffs in the morning and making all other preparations.I will also instruct my estate agent to mail the keys of the apartment to you so as to do all other necessary preparations before we arrive.You have to get all this shopping before our arrival so that we wont have to start running around when we arrive,So my financial payroll would be needing the following information to make out the check payment..... Full Name: Home Address: City: State: Zip code: Age: Gender: Phone number: Acceptance of offer: All i need from you is total honesty and sincerity.I know you will be committed to the work,You will also have a nice period of time working with::)) The check will come with the total amount of $2,550 as earlier said,$500 goes for your first week deposit, I hope you have a working bank account where the check will be deposited when you received? I will look for your email soon to ensure everything is clear so I can forward your information.Just to make it clearer, am entrusting you to this, kindly get back if any change of plans to this regards because I do not want a situation of disappointment and I don't have the luxury of looking for another Caregiver.I want someone faithful . Regard Mrs Faith Evans.
A nanny had posted on BPN and included her phone number and email address on her post (which BPN does not recommend. Instead, please use BPN's messaging system so we can track spammers.) The scammer texted the nanny, referring to information in her post. The nanny wrote:
I received a text tonight which read:
"Hello <they used my full name>, how are you doing?"
I thought it might be spam so I replied, "?". They replied:
"i got your number from berkeleyparentsnetwork" .
I didn't reply. They replied:
"i need a babysitter". and " Hello are you still there?"
The reason I think it's spam is that usually moms and dads introduce themselves, tell a bit about the job or how many children they have, ect. The phone number to this person is: 1.760.865.9538 Thanks so much!