Couple warns against 'Property Brothers' scam

Couple warns against 'Property Brothers' scam
Posted at 2:49 AM, Dec 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 22:45:44-05

AURORA, CO (KMGH/CNN) - If you watch HGTV like Lisa Hartman watches that network, you know how hot the show 'Property Brothers' - with Jonathan and Drew Scott - is right now.

“My husband hates it, but I watch it all the time,” Hartman said of the hugely popular show.

Hartman even follows the brothers on Facebook, where she posted last week that she wished the brothers would come to Colorado and help update her home. That’s when she got a Facebook message from a man claiming to work for 'Property Brothers.'

“When I first saw the message, I got really, really excited,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God! How am I going to explain this to Keith?’”

She knew her husband, Keith, was no fan of the show.

“My first response was, ‘Seriously? Nah,’” Keith Hartman said. “I always have a cricket on my shoulder about what’s a scam and what’s not.”

While the contract looked official, with logos of both HGTV and the show, there were red flags: the wrong couple’s name on it, a demand for money upfront. The Facebook messages got more urgent, with worse grammar, and then there was the ID badge that was sent as proof.

“Where it says, ‘title,’ it’s spelled incorrectly,” Lisa Hartman said.

Of course, it’s a scam. The Property Brothers posted a warning recently on their Facebook page. It’s so widespread that people all over the country have been targeted for years.

“Now, I feel so disappointed. I feel almost betrayed,” she said.

After sending their information and pictures, the Hartmans realized it was a scam before sending any money.

“This is terrible,” Keith said. “My wife loves the Property Brothers.”

Now they feel heartbroken, but they say at least they’re not broke. And they want to warn other fans.

“I think this is something that really needs to be out there,” Lisa said. “I think people need to know that this is a scam.”

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