Student swindled while seeking summer babysitting job - New York News

Student swindled while seeking summer babysitting job

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) - Twenty-one-year-old Nicole Dib is a senior at Grand Valley State University and she's back home in metro Detroit for the summer and hoping to make some money.

She's registered with Care.Com for babysitting jobs and thought she had found a good one.

"Sandra Milley texted me and said she had gotten my information off of Care.com and she was looking for a babysitter for her 6-year-old son who was in a wheelchair," Dib says. "She said she wanted to hire me and they were moving back to Michigan from Arizona."

The person emailing Dib back in May said she was a single mom buying a powered wheelchair for her son and asked to have it shipped to Dib.

Sandramilley2000@gmail.com said she was sending a check for $2,775 to Dib - $2,400 for her to pay for the wheelchair and a $375 deposit for Dib's babysitting services.

"She told me to deposit it and let her know what the bank said and let her know when the check was cleared," Dib says.

Dib brought the check for $2,775 to her Chase bank. They said it would take 24 hours for those funds to be available and, sure enough, the next day that fraudulent check had cleared.

That's when the scammer said the wheelchair deal fell through and that she had found another one and needed the money back, and for Dib to go buy MoneyPak cards in the amount of $2,400 and email the codes - which Dib did.

"Next day, I got a Chase alert on my phone and it said that the check was returned, and so then my account was in the negative," Dib says.

Now, she has to pay the bank back all of that money - money that would have gone toward her room and board and books next semester.

Dib says she just can't believe Chase gave the all clear on that check within 24 hours instead of holding it longer and finding out it was counterfeit.

"It's just very frustrating that they had cleared a check that was bad. That's their responsibility to protect their customers and they couldn't even do that," says Dib.

FOX 2 is working on contacting Chase to get some help for Dib.

Meantime, she just wants to warn others.

"It's just awful that someone could take advantage of you like that," she says.

Dib has filed a police report but it's not known who scammed her or where the person might be.

Not surprisingly, sandramilley2000@gmail.com did not return our emails, but the California company listed on the check, Tiger Tanks, is a legitimate business.

The company has received calls from all over the country from people who received the counterfeit checks for fake babysitting and modeling jobs and Tiger Tanks has made police reports as well.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:05:54 GMT
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices