Nanny Scam Hits Central Kentucky

By: Mark Kennedy Email
By: Mark Kennedy Email

A Madison County woman was looking through the classifieds in the Richmond Register when she noticed an ad asking for a nanny. She called the phone number, which was an out-of-state number and a message told her to go to wonderfulnanny.com for more information. She says the website looked legitimate and even detailed requirements such as you would be taking care of a 3-year old girl and a 4-year old boy. Rodney J. Murphy and Associates also demand you begin work immediately and if you know how to swim and are CPR certified, it says those are pluses. It then asks for a $10 application fee, which you must pay by credit card.

The woman thought it might be a scam, but still paid the ten dollars. Then, she did some research and quickly found the phone number on the ad had hundreds of hits on the internet for being a scam. People all over the United States have posted on various sites that the exact same phone number has been periodically advertised in there local papers since 2002. They warn this is a scam and you will lose your $10 and possibly your identity since you've given your credit card information to pay for the application fee.

The ad director at the Richmond Register says they have pulled the ad and fear the credit card used to buy it was stolen, since a Tennessee address was given. The Register isn't the only Central Kentucky paper to publish the ad. People have seen the same ads in newspapers in Lexington, Frankfort and Owensboro in the past.


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  • by Naomi Location: California on Jan 19, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    I saw this ad in the classifieds for a babysitter, 700/wk. I thought that i would do some research on this before giving any information at all because it seemed to fake why do they need 10 for?
  • by Mrs. P Location: Tallahass on Apr 15, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    I got the same ad in our Classified today, and the only reason i didn't fill out the application is because it ask for $10. I can't believe that these type of things aren't checkout to see if they are even legitimate. I'm glad I came across the forum.
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Apr 3, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    Well Joey in Lex I suppose you think that if you freely went to a restaurant and freely ordered a burger but only got a piece of lettuce and very little in the way of sauce you would say you got what you paid for. Or perhaps you would say that you put your money in the collection plate at church and then there were no more church services at that church you would not say you got ripped off. Point is whether you give out information or money freely doesn't make it OK to not give people what they pay for or anything negative. We can sit here and dispute this all day but at the end of the day a woman ended up losing 10 bucks and possibly her identity to a SCAM ARTIST and she was indeed RIPPED OFF. and To Cathy and WOW I say yes people should be ever more careful with their finances but People need places like the BBB and the Consumer Advocacy groups to prevent companies and individuals from RIPPING US OFF. I can't wait until you get ripped off and then dare say you got ripped off
  • by AC Location: Corbin on Apr 3, 2008 at 08:32 AM
    ease up on this poor lady. obviously she was ripped off! in hindsight, she probably wishes she'd done the research before submitting her $ info ... but i suppose if you're desperate for a job, you act rashly without thinking things through sometimes.
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Apr 3, 2008 at 07:40 AM
    Sorry Virgil, but I can't call it ripped off. She freely gave her information away. To me, that is not ripped off.
  • by Note to Cathy on Apr 3, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    If you or anyone else gets a check in the mail saying you won the lottery or even an email of the same thing, you have to think for a minute. Did I even enter this lottery or contest? If not, why would a person cash the check or send any info out? To me, that IS stupid. Quit looking for others to protect you; protect yourself.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Apr 3, 2008 at 12:58 AM
    If it looks and smells like fire why stick your hand in to be sure? She deserved to get burned especially when she "believed" it to be a scam and gave them her personal information adn paid them to take it. The internet is a powerful tool but you gotta wtahc how you use it, same as the drive around paint crews that always paint your house with water based paint.
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Apr 2, 2008 at 08:31 AM
    Well lets remember a woman was ripped off here. Was it stupid? Sure it was but the fact is these scams are real and a serious problem in which the papers should be taking responsibility for these ads to prevent people from being ripped off. The threat should not be downplayed because someone got taken advantage of because they weren't thinking. Scams are swift in the fact that alot goes into making sure they work. In conclusion The papers should not be worried about making money rather than making sure that ads are legit.
  • by Cathy Fitzpatrick Location: Anywhere USA on Apr 2, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    Another Scam: Seems like there are all kinds of scams, someone once sent me what seemed like a legitimate check from a lottery corporation, upon doing research, it was determined to be a scam. So, no I did not cash it. Just wonder how or where they got my name and address from. Also, it was sent from Canada, so if I would have cashed it, then I could have had to pay it back, or they would have gotten my bank account information. We need to be careful, before sending any money, or cashing any checks.
  • by Monica Location: Lexington on Apr 2, 2008 at 05:17 AM
    In this day in age, anyone who gives out any kind of personal information on themselves over the phone has to be crazy. This woman should have done the research before giving out her credit card number, especially since she thought it might be a scam.
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