NC man gets scammed with Craigslist job offer

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Jason Hearn is out of over $1,000 after responding to a helped wanted ad on Craigslist. (Image: WTVD-TV)

DURHAM, N.C. — When you respond to a job offer, you expect to make money. However, for one Durham resident, this was not the case.

WTVD-TV reported that Jason Hearn was looking to earn some extra money. So he started searching for job ads on Craigslist.

“I found this one ad, it posted for $20 an hour doing little work for a family that is supposedly going to move here from Virginia,” Hearn said.

So Hearn responded to the ad for landscaping help. Through email, the couple wrote that the job paid $300 a week, and they were sending the first weeks payment in advance.

But instead of a $300 check, Jason received a check for $1,450.

“He said 350 of that, 300 was for my labor, pre-work labor, then $50 was for gas, and driving back and forth whenever they needed me,” he said.

With the remaining funds, once the check cleared his bank, the couple told Jason to wire the money to an art dealer in Georgia that they were buying art from for their new home in the Triangle.

“So I did it. I sent the check to him once it cleared,” Hearn said.

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