Woman Catches Potential Craigslist Job Scam - 8 News NOW

Woman Catches Potential Craigslist Job Scam

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LAS VEGAS - When Brittnay Barnes graduated from college, she spent months looking for a job. Desperate, she turned to Craigslist and found a local sales job.

"I went through the interview process and was immediately hired that day," she said.

Hired as a management trainee, her assignment was to sell a product called Cold Fire – a legitimate product that's been sold for years on late night infomercials.

Brittnay started seeing red flags, however, after her first day of training. The employer wanted her to pay $95 for a starter kit. All she received was a binder and strips of paper to burn. She never received any products.

Her first assignment was to generate $2,000 in revenue. So, she started pitching the product to family and friends.

"It wasn't until my friend was ready to make a purchase from me that something, everything in me said don't. Don't turn her money over," Brittnay said.

That's when Brittnay made a smart decision that changed her life. She looked up Cold Fire online, called them and spoke with the CEO. Brittnay discovered her new boss didn't even work for the company.

"This person was terminated a few months ago," she said.

Thankful for the notification, Cold Fire's CEO offered Brittnay a job with him on the spot. She's now the district sales manager of Cold Fire for Nevada and is spearheading their social media department.

"All I can say is it was a blessing in disguise, ‘cause had I not been scammed, I wouldn't have been provoked to find the truth," she said. "There is no greater feeling than knowing I can stand behind a legit product with a legit company."

8 on Your Side reached out to the gentleman who originally hired Brittnay to sell Cold Fire. He refused to comment. Meanwhile, his online job advertisements appear to have disappeared in recent weeks.

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