Online offers of summer work may be scams

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Students and their families are being conned out of thousands of pounds in a new scam involving criminals posting fake holiday job adverts online.

Aimed at young people seeking summer jobs, many of the ads purport to be from families looking for nannies or au pairs.

But when young people or their parents respond, the fraudsters behind them ask for money for supposed services including visas, fake criminal record checks and childcare training courses.

According to crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, typical victims lose around £4,000, with one family handing over £10,000.

Adrian Tudway at Crimestoppers said: “We hope that raising awareness of these scams will help to prevent more young people becoming victims.”



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