Local College Student Duped by Nationwide Nanny Scam- Meagan O'Halloran
Updated: Sunday, June 22 2014, 10:04 PM CDT
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MURFREESBORO- A Murfreesboro college student fell victim to a nationwide “nanny scam” circulating on the internet. 20 year old Marissa Hurley was looking for a babysitting job to make some extra cash this summer to put towards an upcoming mission trip. Hurley was hired by a phony scam artist on care.com who cleared her out of more than $2,000.
The scam artist hired Hurley on the spot and claimed to be moving to Murfreesboro. The crook told Hurley a phony sob story saying her husband and baby died in a tragic car accident and the incident left her six year old son Joe in a wheelchair.
Hurley thought she’d be spending the summer taking care of “Joe”. The scam artist asked Hurley to help cash a check for Joe’s new motorized wheelchair and thought it would be easier if it was delivered to Hurley’s house.
The scam artist used stolen checks from a California company. The thief wrote Hurley a check for $2,775 with instructions to cash the check and wire it to a wheelchair company for payment. There was no wheelchair company, there was no Joe, and there was nothing left in Hurley’s bank account. Investigations The fraudulent transaction over drafted and now Hurley is considering taking out a loan to make up for her losses.
Hurley hopes she can recover enough money back to pay for her plane ticket on an upcoming mission trip next month. In the meantime, Marissa Hurley opened up an online account to help bring in donations to fund her trip. You can help her raise money by clicking on her gofundme account below.