Safe searching checklist for users of AuPairWorld

Safe searching checklist for users of AuPairWorld

The common sense tips presented below will help to make your searching activities on AuPairWorld safe and effective.

The Internet offers tremendous resources, but it also can bring you into contact with people who try to take advantage of you. These so-called scammers or fraudsters use the anonymity of the Internet to falsely take on the identity of people and institutions and trick others.

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Follow these guidelines for safe searching:

  • Always use the AuPairWorld Messaging System for making first contact with au pairs or host families.
  • Be cautious about au pairing contacts coming via Facebook or other social networks.
  • Never pay money to persons or organisations in advance.
  • Be sceptical about offers that seem too good to be true – these are almost certainly tricks to take advantage of you.
  • Be informed about the requirements to become an au pair in your host country. Scammers sometimes pretend to be representatives from the authorities and use manipulated email or website addresses to ask for immigration documents, money or deposits.
  • Be aware of where emails are coming from - some people may try to trick you. Check email and website addresses carefully.
  • Use video calls or personal meetings as a means of verifying contacts. Scammers don't like to show themselves in person.
At AuPairWorld we always have an open door for your security concerns:
  • Does a particular profile seem odd to you? Inform us about the profile by selecting the 'Report profile' function.
  • Have you received a suspicious email whilst searching? Find out about common scam practices and warning signs.

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