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Woman Looking for Nanny Job Swindled Out of $2,500 in Check Scam, NYPD Says

HARLEM — A woman seeking a job as a nanny got swindled out of $2,500 as part of an online scam, police said.

The 51-year-old victim, who lives at East 115th Street and Fifth Avenue, was searching online for a job when she came across an ad promoting a nanny position in mid-April, the NYPD said.

The woman was accepted by the ad’s poster, who then mailed the woman a $2,995 check and told her to deposit it into her Chase bank account, police said.

The victim was then told to withdraw $2,500 to pay an apartment broker and use an extra $150 to send it via Western Union, police said. She was told the remaining would be her first paycheck.

The woman, who never met her scammer in person, followed the instructions but was told by her bank on May 17 that the check was fake and the funds were taken out of her account, police said.

There have been no arrests, police said.