Potential Scam Threatens Legal Action

Nearly 30 home sales in Tennessee have been disrupted by letters making bogus claims on property titles. Tennessee’s Secretary of State Tre Hargett says it’s not clear what motivation is behind the letters, but his office is treating them as a possible new scam.

At least eight real estate companies have reported receiving messages from an organization in Portland, Oregon called the French Trust. All of them threaten legal action if the sale goes through.

Hargett says the letters make a number of statements that are not true, including a reference to his own office. He urges anyone who receives a similar message to contact the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division.

Nina Cardona

Nina Cardona is WPLN's host for All Things Considered. As a reporter, she covers a wide range of assignments with an emphasis on culture, the arts and local history. A graduate of Converse College, she's lived in Middle Tennessee most of her life.
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