A few scam emails have been forwarded to us lately. As a reminder, we advise you to use common sense and be extremely wary when dealing with persons outside the country. Often a person in a foreign country will try to get money out of you by committing fraud.
The scenario goes more or less like this:
Someone sends you an email using the contact information found on a website (it’s one of the downside of using the Internet to find new customers I’m afraid). They state they will be coming to Canada and need childcare for their son/daughter. The person then sends a bogus check/money order, and wants you to take out your charges for the month and send him/her the rest of the money. The check/money order or similar items will of course be fake.
There are variations to this scenario and sometimes it can even come from someone in Canada, but you get the point. We advise you to always be careful and ONLY accept cash and/or in person payments.
It is always a challenge to balance information accessibility and information protection. The Internet is a powerful tool to find new clients but you still have to use common sense and ONLY deal with persons from your neighborhood/city!
Please stay safe!