In this type of scam, the scammer usually doesn’t own the property at all, is certainly not represented by the law firm he claims to be working with, and also knows how to look up the name of a property owner in public records. Unfortunately, some of the popular real estate websites let anyone “claim” they are the owner of a property by simply clicking a button and filling out a profile with their site. The scammer then puts their “new” property up for rent and the emails come flooding in for people wanting to rent the property.
Herbert & Lux seems to be a popular choice by these scammers in claiming we represent them due to our high visibility in the Nashville, TN area for real estate law and we have received countless calls from savvy renters doing their due diligence, as they should, in investigating this type of situation. Most of the calls we receive are related to properties outside the state of Tennessee and we can confirm that we do not, at this time, represent any clients in the business of renting residential properties outside of Tennessee. If any person should make such a claim of being represented by our firm and the residential property in question is not located in Tennessee, you should assume it is a scam.