Naughty Nanny Found on Care.com
The website, Care.com, touts itself as a safe and secure way for families to obtain care services for children, seniors, pets and for the home and even vows to be “there for you” on the company website. However, the promises made were not exactly fulfilled as one Georgia couple, David and Keating McCarthy, recently learned after hiring a nanny, Regina Christopher, to babysit their son only to have her make over $5,000 worth of unauthorized credit card charges and attempt to open two different credit cards in their names.
The McCarthy’s seized the opportunity to hire someone they believed would be an excellent source of child and pet care based upon the positive reviews listed on Care.com. So, they decided it was well worth paying $300 to conduct background checks to make sure Christopher’s glowing reputation checked out.
“I felt like she was just a very safe and nice person that would do a great job and care a lot for my child,” said Keating McCarthy.
Hide the Credit Cards
Unfortunately, things weren’t quite what they seemed as the couple learned shortly after allowing her into their home to care for their eight year old son. A few short days later, the truth began to unfold when the McCarthy’s learned that Christopher tried to obtain a series of credit cards in David’s name and took herself on a shopping spree courtesy of their credit card.
“She [Christopher] tried to charge several charges on my American Express and she tried to open up two Capital One cards on my husband’s account using his Social Security number that she had stolen,” she said in an interview with ABC.
The evidence against the naughty nanny continued to mount as packages began to arrive that were a far cry from anything that would be ordered by anyone in the household. “We opened up the box and there were seven shirts in there, totally not my style – much, much larger sort of a muumuu style – and I looked at them and I knew that was exactly something she would wear,” McCarthy said.
The Ugly Truth
Christopher’s entire story crumbled shortly after the McCarthy’s learned that she wasn’t at all who she said she was on Care.com. In fact, her real name was actually Gina Groves and her background was anything but squeaky clean as it first appeared to be with a rap sheet a mile long and arrest warrants on the books in four Georgia counties. It seems that Care.com failed Employment Background Check 101, getting duped by the simple use of a fake name.
“I just could not believe I was so gullible to have let a virtual stranger into my house and left her at home alone with my child,” said McCarthy of the shock she felt upon finding out that the person she hired and trusted was someone else entirely.
Care.com didn’t offer much when asked about what the McCarthy’s experienced with their nanny in wolf’s clothing, which they called a “highly unfortunate incident” perpetrated by “a career criminal who violated our terms and conditions by providing false information.”
It’s alarming to learn that something like this can happen under a company that’s made a name for itself as “the world’s largest online marketplace for connecting families who need sitters and other care givers.” What good is such a large marketplace if it’s so easily infiltrated by scam artists and criminals, though?