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Posted on 2007.08.12 at 08:24


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 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 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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