Beware Nanny / Au Pair scams spread via spam email

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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It’s time to hang up my spurs as a Naked Security writer, as I have been offered an exciting new career as a nanny!

I must admit it took me by surprise when the email offering me the position arrived in my inbox, but when I read the details of the job they were offering it seemed too good to be true!

  • A starting wage of £2700 per month, plus £700 per week for “petty expenses” – with room for negotiation upon starting.
  • My own private well-furnished master bedroom, with laptop, internet connection, TV and “other necessary gadgets”.
  • Freedom to study in any school of my choice, with tuition fees all paid for.
  • Don’t have to work at weekends, so free to explore London or hang-out with other well-paid nannies.

Surely I would be crazy to turn this job down? There can’t be many nannies being offered an annual salary of £32,400 (with an additional £36,400 for petty expenses!) just for carting a couple of kids to school every weekday? Not forgetting the internet connection and paid-for tuition

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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