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Warning: Think twice before buying a home on Craigslist

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LEADWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) - For the second time this week, a Craigslist deal turned out too good to be true.

Thomas Jameson says he saw an advertisement for a house on Craigslist and jumped on it. But he never saw it in person. Jameson says he fell in love with it and without hesitation, bought the home.

“I thought it was nice, beautiful. I thought it would be a place that I would want to move into and be happy with,” said Jameson.

Jameson says he moved himself and his daughter from Texas to Leadwood, Missouri. When he arrived to what he thought was his dream house, he says he was floored.  

“It was full of trash, the swimming pool full of trash, house had trash in it, basement full of trash, the shed full of trash,” said Jameson.

Jameson says he called the company who was helping him finance the house and says they told him they could not help him.

“They weren’t being honest about the place. We had an understanding the home was livable. Four people lived here before and destroyed it before they moved out,” said Jameson.

Jameson says he went to the city for help, but authorities say their hands are tied since it would take tax payer money to help cleanup.

David Henry, resident of Leadwood, Mo. said, “He doesn’t have the money to fix it, so I received $400 in donations from local residents and on Saturday we are taking five to six trucks and are going to clean it up for him.”

Jameson says the help from his new neighbors is more than he could have ever asked for.

“I love it here. I really do. There’s some good people in this town,” said Jameson. 

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