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December 4th, 2010
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Am I paranoid?
Am interested in your Flat AD for my daugther who will be coming to New Zealand in few weeks. Kindly get back to me with the information below:

The Cost:
Your Direct Phone Number:
Your Mobile Number:
Your Direct Email Address:
Yahoo Messenger ID:
MSN email Messenger:
Your Location:


Please ensure you reply to my email only: <probably female-name>@live.com with all the information above.
<Probably Female Name>.


I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about this reply to my flatmate wanted ad is sending up scammer-type warning bells. It could be the demand for all of my contact details, or it could be the use of the word "kindly" in this context which, while not wrong English, strikes me as slightly off. What do you think, net-savvy friends?


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From:madshutterbug
Date:December 3rd, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
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I think I should not be providing any of the above information to the requesting party. Might even think I might make some inquiries of more net-savvy people to trace back the trail.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:December 3rd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
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I've left reports with both the Department of Internal Affairs and the website where I placed the ad. They can trace/ban this character if they want.
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From:fatfred
Date:December 3rd, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
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I'd only reply, if you want to, with the usual info. Say: cost and email.
The rest is personal information. No Effing Way.

You are wise.
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From:wcg
Date:December 3rd, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
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As others have already said, your instincts are spot on.
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From:yo_sarrian
Date:December 3rd, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
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That's a whole lot of information. I mean… email, TWO phone numbers and TWO IMs?

I wouldn't sweat the "kindly" so much though. I'm hoping her "daugther" has better English/grammar. :)

I would just reply with the cost and a plan to meet at a coffee shop or something. Also, wondering why they're emailing you and asking for "Your Direct Email Address"… duh.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:December 3rd, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
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The reply was through a flatmates-wanted site - asking for an email address actually does make sense.

I don't actually use Yahoo messenger or MSN.
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From:yo_sarrian
Date:December 3rd, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, right after I hit "Post Comment" I thought about it possibly being something along those lines :)

I use both, but it's COMPLETELY irrelevant to ask for that AT ALL before you guys agree on the actual flatmate situation. And even later if they have your phone and email why would they need that? I just have a feeling they probably got it off a list of things to ask for.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:December 3rd, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
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It's a scam. Delete it. Don't waste time with any of the less-informative replies people are suggesting. If they respond at all (highly unlikely) it will be with a repeated request for the additional information.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:December 3rd, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
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I've decided that I'm not going to reply to this message. All thoughts of scammers aside, I'm not looking for the sort of person who needs their parent to arrange housing for them.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:December 4th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
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That's the thing I found the most weird. I would use "kindly" like that.

So weird that it's taking so long to find someone for the room :(
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