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Heart of Darkness

Breaking Point

Posted on 2007.08.12 at 08:24

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dentin
dentin at 2007-08-13 02:43 (UTC) (Link)
Ick. I understand totally, my sister is going through a similar (though actually worse) issue from the other side - her house was vandalized as part of the standard 'meth' scam and it's cost her about 13k out of pocket to have it dealt with.

Could you email me your physical mailing address and other current contact info? I only have the old boyd one, and need to mail you a present before I head to kentucky.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-13 16:42 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what the standard 'meth scam' is, but it doesn't sound pleasant. In Texas, we're allowed to shoot people who wish to vandalize our property.

I'll 'shoot' the address in an email. Thanks.
dentin
dentin at 2007-08-15 00:14 (UTC) (Link)
The meth scam is where someone tours the house and spritzes water laced with methamphetamine into the air ducts and furnace. They then offer a higher than reasonable price and request a meth test of the house.

The scam part is that the meth test generally only just barely fails, and the owner fairly often leaves the house on the market anyway rather than deal with the expensive cleanup. The scammer then calls back, says that they know the house failed and blackmails the seller into selling the house for half of what it's worth. The blackmail part comes about because it's illegal to leave the house on the market (illegal in the 'felony' sense.)

My sister escaped by pulling it immediately off the market and starting cleanup proceedings. Halfway through, the cleanup guys noticed something was wrong and got the law involved. It's unlikely that anything will ever come of it, other than tremendous loss of money and time.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-15 00:45 (UTC) (Link)
That's horrific. Thank you for explaining. I read your comment aloud to my wife. If we ever move (and I hope to never move again) I'll know to respectfully decline a meth test.

Knowledge is power!

My heart goes out to your sister. As if there's not enough stress involved in selling a home...
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