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(New York Daily News)   Woman returns home from vacation to find strange family living in her house. Then Rod Serling begins speaking   ( nydailynews.com) divider line
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2018-01-13 01:21:10 PM  
Well at least the people that got duped and "rented" the place were amicable and agreed to terms rather than going through the eviction process or fighting it by claiming squatters rights
 
2018-01-13 02:39:13 PM  
TFA: "During that time a key was being kept beneath a plastic covering for an electrical outlet."

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2018-01-13 03:27:36 PM  
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Same as it ever was.
 
2018-01-13 03:59:01 PM  
And the homeowner may tell you 'this is not your beautiful house'
 
2018-01-13 04:03:17 PM  
Yeah, if you buy a house thru a Facebook group and are told "the back door is open, just walk on in" you may have been scammed.
 
2018-01-13 04:05:50 PM  
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2018-01-13 04:24:03 PM  
Hopefully they're trying to go after "Rosie Ruggles"
 
2018-01-13 04:30:02 PM  

rcain: Well at least the people that got duped and "rented" the place were amicable and agreed to terms rather than going through the eviction process or fighting it by claiming squatters rights


And the owners seem to have behaved humanely as well, giving them time to sort themselves out.
 
2018-01-13 04:39:00 PM  
Reality/sitcom waiting to happen.
 
2018-01-13 04:40:36 PM  
I'm surprised by the lack of police bullets in this story.
 
2018-01-13 04:46:38 PM  

Pextor: Hopefully they're trying to go after "Rosie Ruggles"


Yeah, that name sounds totally legit.
 
2018-01-13 04:57:51 PM  
FTA: ...and her personal affects had been stored away.

That affected my affect.
 
2018-01-13 05:16:24 PM  
...and then the murders began.
 
2018-01-13 05:16:34 PM  
Alternate headline: Homeowner returns home to find people in house, no one dies or is sued as the last two reasonable people in the world meet.
 
2018-01-13 05:18:08 PM  
Between this and the LEGO photoshop story, I've had a bit of my faith in humanity restored. Seems like there are decent people out there and they aren't raging, sue-happy assholes over things.
 
2018-01-13 05:20:44 PM  

orbister: rcain: Well at least the people that got duped and "rented" the place were amicable and agreed to terms rather than going through the eviction process or fighting it by claiming squatters rights

And the owners seem to have behaved humanely as well, giving them time to sort themselves out.


That's the twilight zone angle. Everyone behaved like civilized adults.
 
2018-01-13 05:27:13 PM  

listernine: ...and then the murders began.


The police weren't called
 
2018-01-13 05:30:26 PM  
well this is a very nice change from how these stories usually seem to go.
 
2018-01-13 05:33:22 PM  

Howling Fantods: Pextor: Hopefully they're trying to go after "Rosie Ruggles"

Yeah, that name sounds totally legit.


How was she collecting the rent?  To collect it in cash, she had to be in town, and unless she was already planning to skip town for other reasons and saw this as a chance to collect an extra $820 before she left, I just don't see the scam working.
 
2018-01-13 05:37:02 PM  
Why would anyone want to leave Kentucky? Big Coal is going to make a comeback any day now and there will be millions of new jobs.


ANY DAY NOW
 
2018-01-13 05:44:50 PM  

flondrix: Howling Fantods: Pextor: Hopefully they're trying to go after "Rosie Ruggles"

Yeah, that name sounds totally legit.

How was she collecting the rent?  To collect it in cash, she had to be in town, and unless she was already planning to skip town for other reasons and saw this as a chance to collect an extra $820 before she left, I just don't see the scam working.


They were moving in from out of town, so she probably had them send money before they got to town. She told them she'd leave the back door open, which implies they never met her.
 
2018-01-13 05:59:53 PM  

calbert: I'm surprised by the lack of police bullets in this story.


I'm surprised there are no bullets flying at all.
It did take place in 'Merica! Fark ya !!!!
Shoot first and let god sort them out.
Maybe there's hope for *some* of you after all.
 
2018-01-13 06:04:22 PM  
In a situation like this and the same thing with the Sovereign citizen people that claim people's homes if you came to your home walked in and just shot somebody in a state with either stand your ground or castle doctrine saying that you are in fear for your life would that just be accepted?
 
2018-01-13 06:09:56 PM  
I see this kind of scam often. Ridiculously low rent in a sought after area, "landlords" who usually don't speak very good English, speedy and effusive reply to your inquiry, coupled with a ludicrously inadequate screening form, long-winded story about how the supposed owner of the property is out of the country doing humanitarian work/visiting dying relatives, and all you need to do (since you sound terrific and just the kind of renter they're looking for) is to send first/last month's rent to some bank that doesn't even have a branch in the state you're looking to move to, and they'll leave the key (or arrange for you to pick one up) so you can move in as soon as tomorrow, no problem!

The last guy I challenged to prove ownership called me "a son of a goat" because I doubted him. Easily found the real owner and his email and notified him of the scam. Don't know if any legal action was taken against the scammer, but at least all his ads were removed.  I'm sure he is still out there making extravagant promises to people too desperate to see the red flags.
 
2018-01-13 06:10:07 PM  

flondrix: Howling Fantods: Pextor: Hopefully they're trying to go after "Rosie Ruggles"

Yeah, that name sounds totally legit.

How was she collecting the rent?  To collect it in cash, she had to be in town, and unless she was already planning to skip town for other reasons and saw this as a chance to collect an extra $820 before she left, I just don't see the scam working.


Unless she collected first and last month, cleaning deposit, pet fees, security deposit, application fee, deposit fee and deposit refund fee, then she's scamming real money. Do that with three places in a week, and it's off to Baja for the winter!
 
2018-01-13 06:12:05 PM  

cretinbob: Why would anyone want to leave Kentucky? Big Coal is going to make a comeback any day now and there will be millions of new jobs.


ANY DAY NOW


Big CLEAN Coal. I hear the are hiring Coal Cleaners by the thousands!
 
2018-01-13 06:50:15 PM  

felching pen: flondrix: Howling Fantods: Pextor: Hopefully they're trying to go after "Rosie Ruggles"

Yeah, that name sounds totally legit.

How was she collecting the rent?  To collect it in cash, she had to be in town, and unless she was already planning to skip town for other reasons and saw this as a chance to collect an extra $820 before she left, I just don't see the scam working.

Unless she collected first and last month, cleaning deposit, pet fees, security deposit, application fee, deposit fee and deposit refund fee, then she's scamming real money. Do that with three places in a week, and it's off to Baja for the winter!


BAJA! I don't have any rentals in Baja!
 
2018-01-13 06:56:09 PM  

Deadrock: I see this kind of scam often.


About every 3rd or 4th ad on Craigslist here in my corner on the 'verse.
 
2018-01-13 06:59:20 PM  
"Ok folks, here's how it goes.  You were scammed and this is my house.  You're going to clear out of my bedroom, but I'll give you two weeks to move out on two conditions;

1>  You tell me where to find the person who "rented" this house to you.
2>  You never tell anyone, including the police, where I got the name, because believe me, the Police are going to be asking about this missing person.

If I find any of your 'rent money' on his person, I'll return it to you to help you move out."
 
2018-01-13 07:11:53 PM  

WillofJ2: In a situation like this and the same thing with the Sovereign citizen people that claim people's homes if you came to your home walked in and just shot somebody in a state with either stand your ground or castle doctrine saying that you are in fear for your life would that just be accepted?


Burglary against a dwelling is a justification for use of deadly force in Oregon
 
2018-01-13 07:54:26 PM  

anuran: WillofJ2: In a situation like this and the same thing with the Sovereign citizen people that claim people's homes if you came to your home walked in and just shot somebody in a state with either stand your ground or castle doctrine saying that you are in fear for your life would that just be accepted?

Burglary against a dwelling is a justification for use of deadly force in Oregon


So, you're saying if the scammed renters shot the homeowner, who they thought was a burglar breaking in, there would be no charges?  Or, the homeowner came in guns blazing at the renters?  Or, maybe an all-out gunfight between the two?

/confused
 
2018-01-13 09:27:30 PM  

Watubi: anuran: WillofJ2: In a situation like this and the same thing with the Sovereign citizen people that claim people's homes if you came to your home walked in and just shot somebody in a state with either stand your ground or castle doctrine saying that you are in fear for your life would that just be accepted?

Burglary against a dwelling is a justification for use of deadly force in Oregon

So, you're saying if the scammed renters shot the homeowner, who they thought was a burglar breaking in, there would be no charges?  Or, the homeowner came in guns blazing at the renters?  Or, maybe an all-out gunfight between the two?

/confused


was curious about both actually
 
2018-01-13 09:48:02 PM  

rcain: cretinbob: Why would anyone want to leave Kentucky? Big Coal is going to make a comeback any day now and there will be millions of new jobs.


ANY DAY NOW

Big CLEAN Coal. I hear the are hiring Coal Cleaners by the thousands!


is that anything like shovel ready jobs and change you can believe in?
 
2018-01-13 10:03:52 PM  

Fizpez: Alternate headline: Homeowner returns home to find people in house, no one dies or is sued as the last two reasonable people in the world meet.


Good for them. Someone tried this scam with my neighbor. Someone came by to look at the place. By that time she knew what was going on. She tried to explain to the guy the house wasn't for rent and it was a scam. The guy hadn't even lost money and had a real attitude with her. She had to call the police to make the guy go away.
 
People who fall for these things are usually stupid and in deep denial about it.
 
2018-01-13 11:05:22 PM  
Lang notified police of what happened and the women agreed on a timeline for Shepherd to move out.

If it's my house, the timeline is "Get out now".

I feel sorry for the people who got scammed.  But they rented a house online and walked in the back door.  That's on them, not the owner, and the owner shouldn't have to give them more time in the house.

Too much risk in letting them stay.  They can steal your stuff, tear the house up, slip in the bathtub and sue you, whatever.  And that's even if they were legitimately scammed, not someone who just pretending that they rented the house.

The longer you let them stay, the harder it is to get rid of them.  They don't have a right to be there, so they can get out.  I might feel bad for them.  I might even pay for a hotel room for a day or two.  But if they don't leave right away, I'd raise hell.
 
2018-01-13 11:56:37 PM  

Watubi: anuran: WillofJ2: In a situation like this and the same thing with the Sovereign citizen people that claim people's homes if you came to your home walked in and just shot somebody in a state with either stand your ground or castle doctrine saying that you are in fear for your life would that just be accepted?

Burglary against a dwelling is a justification for use of deadly force in Oregon

So, you're saying if the scammed renters shot the homeowner, who they thought was a burglar breaking in, there would be no charges?  Or, the homeowner came in guns blazing at the renters?  Or, maybe an all-out gunfight between the two?

/confused


I'm saying it was a damned good thing everyone was reasonable.
 
2018-01-14 11:05:46 AM  

craxyd: Deadrock: I see this kind of scam often.

About every 3rd or 4th ad on Craigslist here in my corner on the 'verse.


kijiji is full of them too.
 
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