JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A nanny looking for employment on a well-known child care website got much more than she bargained for. She was promised $20 an hour but instead she got a very rude awakening.
Ana Rodriguez signed up with Care.com and offered her services as a nanny. She quickly got a response. According to emails, it was from a man who she thought she could trust.
"He had an offer to my niece that he has a son who is handicapped and needs care a couple of days a week," said Rocio Wind.
She watches over Rodriguez, her 18 year old niece. When offered a position, Wind stepped in to make sure Rodriguez was in good hands. From emails to texts, Wind began to communicate with a man named "Richard."
A nanny looking for employment on a well-known child care website got much more than she bargained for.
"He said he's coming from California and moving to Jacksonville for a new life," said Wind.
She says Richard explained he lost his wife and one of his children in a car accident and his only remaining son was left in a wheelchair. Richard also provided Rodriguez and Wind with a photo of two people he claimed were his son and his new wife.
"He request that we have the wheelchair be delivered to our house so that way when he arrives the kid will have the wheelchair," said Wind.
In order to pay for that delivery Wind says Richard requested her bank information to make a deposit into her account. She agreed to accept $3,000 but instead received two deposits to her account, one for $5,470 and another totaling $5,750.
"The bank gave me a call on the 23rd and said this is a fraud," said Wind. "It's a fake."
Wind sent a text to Richard saying she didn't trust him. And he in turn sent her a series of texts she describes as jaw dropping.
I'm (expletive) & mad at you for messing it up. I'll go back on care to look for a better, reasonable & better person. You are not. U messed up. Thanks for the total waste of time. It means my money remains in my account. It's been a long time I had to deal with BIG FOOLS like you. Can't believe you could be 48 and act 12.
Another text from Richard read, "I'm freaking MAD at you. I'm sure Ana is wise but you r just the dull old 48 years old sluggish old liar."
"He responded really angry," said Wind. "He said that I really made his plans go bad. And he started insulting me in the text. And I said God bless and I didn't answer him anymore."
Care.com sent FCN this statement regarding the matter.
"We are disheartened to hear of the incident this member encountered. Care.com is an online marketplace that enables members to meet and connect with providers of caregiving services. Payment scams are often targeted at caregivers and we have implemented a number of safety features to protect our members, including resources on how to avoid scams, tools such as background checks and our own additional security measures to help create a safe environment. Equally as important to the measures we have instituted is for families and caregivers to exercise their own appropriate steps in safety." - Nancy Bushkin | Vice President, Public Relations & Corporate Communications Care.com, Inc.
Wind says she plans to file a report with the police. And Care.com is looking into the incident.
Care.com has a Safety Center with tips on how to avoid scams.