Police: Would-be babysitter scammed through website

  • Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 4:57 p.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, December 16, 2013 5:24 p.m.

An Aiken woman was scammed after believing she’d been hired as a babysitter, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The 23-year-old victim told officers she joined Care.com, a website for babysitters to find work, and was contacted by a woman on Dec. 4, according to the report.

The victim began communicating with the suspect via email and text message, and the suspect claimed she was coming to Aiken to do some business for a month and a half.

While she was going to be in Aiken, the suspect said she would hire the victim for the month, the report stated.

The victim become wary of the situation when the suspect said she was going to send her a check for $2,000 to buy toys for her 2-year-old child to have when they arrived in Aiken. She told the victim she wanted her to buy the toys for her child “only on Ebay through a specific dealer.”

The victim received the check through FedEx, deposited it into her account and withdrew $90, police said.

Later, when buying groceries, the victim’s card was declined. She contacted her bank and was told the check she deposited was fraudulent.

Not only did the bank freeze the victim’s account, but the victim was told the bank no longer wanted to do business with her.

The suspect contacted the victim recently and asked if the money had cleared yet, the report stated. Police advised the victim to speak with the suspect about the situation with the bank and her check, but not to tell her she had contacted the police.

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.

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