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Scam Alert: ‘Property Brothers’ Won’t Show Up at Your Door if You Send Cash
What’s better than a lazy Sunday marathon of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”? Not much… unless they actually came to your home, in the flesh, and renovated it. Could you imagine?
Superfans everywhere love Drew and Jonathan Scott, the dapper twins who make quite the TV duo and help people turn fixer-uppers into the homes of their dreams.
But with the series’ booming popularity comes thieves looking to take advantage of fans — and steal their money.
Don’t Fall for This ‘Property Brothers’ Scam
Lisa Hartman of Aurora, Colorado, reached out to the Scott twins via Facebook. She let them know she wanted them to come to Colorado and update her home, Delish reports.
Shortly after, she received a message from someone claiming to be from the show. The message included an offer for the Scotts to come renovate her home.
But there was one catch — she had to pay up first.
The scammer sent Hartman a contract, but she and her husband realized it was phony after they requested official ID from the sender. They noticed a typo on his badge — “title” was misspelled “tittle” — and realized they were being scammed.
Thankfully, they didn’t give any money away.
The Scott brothers posted a warning on their Facebook page about these scams. It states that they will never contact anyone from unverified accounts or email addresses.
HGTV also released a statement saying that people who think they may have been contacted by an HGTV representative can verify the authenticity of the communication by scanning the letter and emailing it to [email protected].
Everyone loves a good home renovation show, but be sure to keep an eye out for these scams so you don’t become a victim.
Kelly Anne Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.