GENEROUS owners who put up a luxury £3.5million house on the market for just £25 have been sent horrific abuse by trolls who clam it is a SCAM.
Homeowners Helen and Gary Weller designed, built and lived in the gorgeous property on the banks of the River Thames.
After growing frustrated with the house’s inability to sell, they came up with the novel solution of giving it away for £25 to a competition winner.
Since making the announcement, the couple have been flooded with a barrage of nasty emails and messages on social media.
In an open letter to her abusers, Helen hit back, describing the online hate as “hurtful poison.”
“I have never experienced such hatred from people I don’t know or have never met.
“My parents taught me if you can’t say anything nice then simply don’t say anything, why did yours not teach you the same?”
At the cost of a £25 entrance fee, property punters can go online to guess where the centre of a computer-generated ball should be.
Judges will then pinpoint where the centre of the ball is and whoever has marked the centre the closest, wins the multi-million pound mansion
Helen told GetReading: “One thing I would really like to get across is it’s not a scam, it’s not a con and if it was, you wouldn’t be able to pay by credit card.
“We are just giving people the chance to win and live in a really nice house for £25. It’s like the lottery but the odds are much better.”
Kindhearted Helen added: “It’s about giving someone who would never be able to afford a home like this a chance to own it.
“The people who enthusiastically said they loved the house were delivery drivers, postmen, cab drivers and our cat sitter friends, all who said if I won the lottery I would buy your house, and so the seed of this idea started.
“We decided that we wanted to give people a chance to own it for a manageable sum and so decided to hold a competition with our house as the prize.”
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Amazingly, the game is legal, and the couple have promised to hand over the keys to the property if at least 200,000 people enter the bid.
If there are fewer than 200,000 entrants, the couple will give the winner 75 per cent of the proceeds.
In total, 500,000 tickets are are on offer.
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