Advice for Au Pairs

Avoiding Scams: Staying Safe Online

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There are many online scams designed to trick people interested in coming to the USA as an au pair. Here are our tips to keep you safe and avoid being scammed.


  • Do not communicate with ‘host families’ on social media.  Facebook and Instagram are popular platforms used by scammers pretending to be host families. If you do communicate with a family online, tell them to contact Au Pair USA for information about becoming an approved host family.
  • Never send money to anyone you meet online!
  • We do not collect program fees directly from au pairs. We work through our approved local partner agencies in the countries where we operate. 
  • Au Pair USA and Interexchange employees use emails that end in 
  • Our official websites are Au Pair USA and InterExchange.
  • Our application forms are all online on our secure platform.

How to become an au pair in the USA with InterExchange Au Pair USA 

  • Check out our website and the requirements for becoming an au pair. 
  • Fill out our online form, and we’ll put you in contact with the local cooperator in your country. 
  • They will provide you with program information, meet with you in person, and help you apply online.
  • Once your application has been approved, host families and au pairs communicate using our online matching system (not Facebook or Instagram).
  • The J-1 visa application process requires you to have an in-person interview at your local US embassy or consulate.


Contact us if want to check if a person you are speaking to is legitimately associated with Interexchange Au Pair USA or to report a scam at