Craig’s List Babysitter Scam Reported By Resident

On July 1, 2011 a resident reported an attempted fraud. The complainant stated she responded to an online ad on Craig’s List for babysitting. The person she identified as “John” stated he was moving to Roselle Park from Birmingham, Alabama and needed a babysitter.

The complainant stated she communicated with “John” only through email ( and that “John” stated he would advance her a check for $2,750 and he instructed her to keep $550 for herself and the rest would be used for babysitting. The check arrived and she found it suspicious because the mailing address was from Missouri and the check was from a YWCA in Connecticut. The complainant attempted to contact “John” again with negative results.