Your guide to staying safe online
In our modern world internet safety is of utmost importance. Please rest assured that Au Pair in America values your privacy and prioritizes the security of your personal information. Unfortunately internet scams and online fraud do exist. We’ve all received emails from people claiming to be a bank or telling us we have won an incredible prize. Some scammers take it a step further and these are the ones you need to be really aware of.
A scammer could pose as an au pair organization or host family and attempt to gain your trust via email. They will then ask you to wire them money in some way, for example using Western Union or Money Gram. Do not fall for this! Never send personal details (like passport or bank information) or agree to wire or transfer money in any way. It is always a scam! No reputable business or organization will ever ask you for personal details, or to wire/transfer money over the Internet.
Recognize a scam check list
- Receiving badly/oddly written emails from an unknown source
- Being offered a prize or deal, which sounds far too good to be true!
- You are unable to reach this person/people by phone
- Odd/suspicious email addresses
- Demanding/urgent/aggressive emails that request an immediate response from you
- Requests for personal information (passport details)
- Requests for money via Western Union, Money Gram, money orders, cashier’s checks