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“Dear PoPville,

Below is the ad and he had a follow up e-mail. I guess the learning point here is generally if it is too good to be true, its too good to be true. At one point he had even linked the person’s facebook page for me. What lead me to research was the fact that he was using an @aol.com email address, I guess a pretty obvious give away.

Any way that you can spread the word to get people to avoid this would be appreciated.

I e-mailed the real Barak Sky. He has a g-mail and this guy is using an aol account (who uses AOL anymore).”

Hello,

The unit is located @ #1441 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005. This is a fully furnished apartment but can be rented unfurnished upon your request and it comes with all modern amenities;

*Washer/dryer
*Refrigerator
*Range/Oven
*Big Size bed and a Couch
*Cable/Satellite TV
*All Furniture as shown in the pictures available
*Assigned Parking

Enjoy your morning coffee on the private balcony of this Logan Circle condo. Sunlight filters through large windows onto hardwoods. Open kitchen boasts prep island with breakfast bar. Stately lobby welcomes you to well-maintained building, with a gym, concierge, community room & parking. Walk-in closet, W/D. Near Whole Foods, hip restaurants, boutique shopping & bustling nightlife. <1mi to metro PRICE; Monthly Rent: $1500 Refundable Security Deposit: $1500 Bedroom: 1 Bathroom: 1 Sq Ft: 689 Month to Month attract no discount 3-5 Months Lease attract 5% discount 6-11 Months Lease attract 10% discount 12 Months and more Lease attract 15% discount NB: Discount is only applicable when the selected lease plan is paid in full. I would appreciate the following; Your exact move in date. Regards [email protected]

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