Mr. James Combs: Nanny scam ad on Craigslist
August 28, 2011 | in Nanny News
We received a tip from one of our readers that they unfortunately had been scammed by someone on Craigslist. It appears as though they only got a little bit of information from our nanny but we wanted to get the word out to others in case they might come across Mr. Combs. We would like to think Amy for reporting this to us and would encourage everyone to let us know if they feel they have been a party to a nanny scam.
Here is the communication Amy got from Mr. Combs:
Thanks so much for your interest in our nanny advert placed onCraigslist. My Name is James Combs, my wifes name is Lisa with our children Sarah and William.We are in the process of re-locating from Burmingham, United Kingdom to your city. I will be coming there with my family to work on contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work. I need of someone who can help me with some of the house hold chores running some errands when necessary and babysitting my kids Sarah and William taking care of them as yours around these hours of 2pm – 6pm from Mondays through Fridays. You would only be needed for few hours per week at your convenience and will like you to get back to me with your available hours.
My kids are lovely and very smart and fun to be with and they learn very fast. I will be needing your service till the end of the year but am offering $350.00 per week as compensation for a trustworthy and honest candidate. I have a Personal Assistant who is helping me with the re-location process. It’s okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out nanny as i can drop my kids at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving soon.
If you accept this position, I will instruct my finance manager to forward to you a check for your first week upfront payment by express mail so that i can be rest assured of your availability for the job and wouldn’t need to search for a nanny anymore. I will as well run a background check on you as soon as we arrive in the State because it’s not easy to leave a child with someone just like that and i hope you understand my concerns.
If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back to me asap with the information below required for confirmation and further proceedings to take place:
Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
Home & Cell numbers:
Our expected arrival date is 15th of September but you will be paid beginning immediately, as i will have several small assignments for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before our arrival, etc. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity. And am sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my Kids.
Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making arrangements with our travel agency while i await your swift response regards this employment offer and the requested details.
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