ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Many teens and young adults may still be looking for summer jobs - many of which include babysitting or nannying. The Better Business Bureau has a word of warning before young people take on any childcare duties.
The BBB offers the following tips to screen potential scams:
· Be cautious if a "parent" wants to communicate only via text messaging or emails. He or she might be trying to hide a foreign accent or withhold a phone number.
· Look out for emails or texts containing poor English or grammatical errors.
· Be wary of anyone who is hesitant to give out personal information, such as place of employment, address, names of friends or other references. He or she might be fearful of a potential employee checking out his or her background.
· Beware of "sob stories" or anything else that appears to try to get sympathy.
· If a potential employer asks you for money for any reason, it is likely a scam. Never transfer money via Western Union, MoneyGram or a Green Dot Money Card to anyone you do not know.