Beware of Scams
Most profiles on our site are perfectly genuine, but unfortunately, sometimes there appear some scammers who only pretend to be a host family. Usually, these scammers pretend to be a family from UK, USA, Canada, who are lawyers, doctors, architects and who are willing to pay for your travel and visa expenses, promise good pocket money and wage and ask to provide them with your resume, pictures, contact details etc. They are fishing your valuable personal data. Be careful and do not share your personal details!
If you can answer “yes” to one or more of these, then the "profile" might be a scam profile.
- Do they ask you to send money to them or to an "agency" or "lawyer" etc. - for visas, work permits, airline tickets, guarantees, affidavits, criminal background checks, legal documents etc.? This includes a request to send a Western Union Payments, MoneyGram etc. Once the scammers have the Western Union Transfer Control number they can collect the money and you will never see your money again. Remember - only scammers asks for money. Genuine families will NEVER do that!
- Do they ask you for strange or unusually detailed information about your family? For example: your passport number, your national ID number, your mother’s maiden name?
- Does their English sounds a little strange?
- Do they ask you to join another au pair site or register at some online au pair agency?
- Do they offer you a job before even knowing you?
- If it sounds too good to be true then it's probably not true. For example, a monthly salary of 3000 euros.
- Do they fail to send photos of themselves?
How To Protect Yourself from Scams
- Ignore offers that looks too good to be true.
- Ask questions when you don't understand something or it doesn't seem right.
- Don't let fear win over common sense. If something is very urgent, ask yourself "why?". It may be to prevent you from doing research.
If you are worried about suspicious profile, please contact us or report the profile and we will look into it.