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Staying Away from Nanny and Caregiving Job Scams

July 23, 2018

by Carol Kando-Pineda, Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Finding a new job can be a challenge. Websites can help you find work, but scammers also use these sites to find people to rip off. Do you look for work on caregiver/nanny job sites? Sometimes scammers will offer a job but say you need to buy supplies or other equipment. They pressure you to act quickly, before you have time to think. They send you a check and tell you to deposit it and transfer money to their vendor to buy the supplies. Don’t do it — scammers post fake job listings for nannies and caregivers, then make up elaborate stories to get your money. The positions seem real, but they’re not — it’s a scam. The check will bounce. So, the money you sent is actually your own — and it’s gone.

Some scammers may pressure you to send money via gift card or cash reload card. Anyone that asks you to pay with such a card is scamming you.

If you’re looking for work on a caregiving site:

  • Don't send money to someone who says they want to hire you. Don’t deposit a check and wire money back. Don’t send them a gift card or cash reload card.
  • Search online for a potential client’s name, email address, and phone number. You might find complaints by others who’ve been scammed and find out more about the scammer’s tricks.
  • If you sent money to a scammer posing as an employer, contact the company you used to send the money (bank, wire transfer service, gift card company, or cash reload card company) and tell them it was a fraudulent transaction. Ask to have the transaction reversed if possible.
  • Report nanny and caregiver job scams to the job site and to

For Military Consumer Month, share this video with military families to help them stay away from imposter scams.

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Contact: Belinda Bazinet
 Public Information Officer
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Honoring Korean War Veterans

Montgomery, Ala.— The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking Korean War veterans for the Korean Ambassador of Peace medal. The Korean government would like to show their respect and gratitude for the devotion and sacrifice of the U.S. troops during the Korean War by presenting the medals to veterans.

Sometimes called “The Forgotten War,” in part because its memory is often overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War, it began after some 75,000 North Korean soldiers poured into South Korea on June 25, 1950. By the time the war ended in July 1953, an estimated 5 million soldiers and civilians had died, including more than 700 from Alabama.

South Korea’s government began offering the medals in 1975 to veterans who visited the country through its “Revisit Program,” which was meant to show gratitude for the vets’ service, as well as see how the country has prospered since the armistice was signed.

In Alabama, there are 21,991 Korean War veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. But the state does not have a list of their names and addresses, so has to rely on word of mouth and local media to alert veterans to the honor.

Veterans should call 334-242-5084 to receive an application for the medal. A medal presentation ceremony will be held at a later date.

M4A has been selected to be a presenter at the upcoming National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) Annual conference beginning on July 29, 2018 in Chicago. Staff will share information about our Elderly Nutrition Program and innovative strategies we have implemented to decrease the number of those in need of meals from our waiting lists.  We will also share information about our new Feed the Need campaign. 

More information about the M4A Feed the Need initiative can be found on our website at  
M4A will not publish a newsletter next week, August 2, 2018 since the Marketing staff will be attending the N4A conference in Chicago. 
The Top 50 Over 50 award was introduced in 2014 by Positive Maturity to show that while growing older is unavoidable, growing up is optional. Someone once said that if you go to bed for an entire year without doing anything productive, you simply turn another year older (health permitting).  Anyone can grow older; it takes neither talent nor effort. The goal in life is to grow up. This can best be accomplished by finding opportunities to make a difference, becoming a catalyst in this world, and leaving it with no regrets.

Top 50 Over 50 celebrates members of our community who know how to dream, laugh, contribute, and achieve on many levels … all the key elements of staying young while growing up.  We hope that you will join us in this celebration and help us recognize outstanding citizens over the age of 50 who exemplify what it means to grow up while staying young.
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