Ridiculous emails of the day


Hoboken411 receives around 1,000 emails per day. Naturally, with the volume – some of the messages are either misdirected (such as requesting information about becoming vendors the Arts & Music Festivals – which I just forward to the city) – people who moved out decades ago looking for someone they haven’t heard from in ages – and of course some occasional spam that gets through.

real esate email spam - Ridiculous emails of the day

Can someone be so dumb?

Received this email the other day:

“If i buy a condo how much do i pay a month? I have been thinking about this for a while and was hoping you might be able to shed some light on the subject. Please help me. Thank you so much.”

I get questions all the time – most are simple, and can usually be answered in a single paragraph or less (I like helping the community “offline” too!) This one appeared to come from a legitimate address, and I had this post all ready – with “snappy comebacks” to such a dopey email (such as “have you shed light on yourself by opening up the blinds and seeing all the realtors in Hoboken?” and so on..) and seeing what you guys thought, but then I realized…

It’s just more spam

The night before this posted – I got not one, not two, but THREE more similarly structured emails – like this one (all with different women’s names:)

“How much it costs to buy a condo? What are the pros and cons I should be looking out for? Please help me. I really appreciate your help. Warmest Regards, Cindy”

Who would send spam like that out? No phone numbers, no promises of checks or settlements worth millions – you think they’re just “baiting” people to engage in conversation? Should I play along and see what happens? Is that worth it?

Are any of you getting similar spam? Or am I the unfortunate one?

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Saturday, July 18, 2009 4:21 pm

How much it costs to take an English class?

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Saturday, July 18, 2009 6:49 pm

ask matt!

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How much it costs to take an English class?

Saturday, July 18, 2009 1:08 pm

Plus the cost of inevitable repairs and capital replacements thereby increasing your cost basis.

Saturday, July 18, 2009 12:58 pm

How about answering the question:

Average Price of a one bedroom Hoboken Condo + 400K.

Monthly payments on a 360K mortgage at a 5.5% interest rate = approx $2500 (plus taxes, plus maintanence).

Answer: It is cheaper to rent a one bedroom in Hoboken than to buy one.

Friday, July 17, 2009 5:05 pm

I got not one, not two, but THREE more similarly structured emails – like this one (all with different women’s names:)…

And here you thought they were flirting with you.

Man, I should send over my lucky lottery winnings e-mails!

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