How Your Home Security Sign May Make You The Target Of Door-To-Door Scammers
The Better Business Bureau recently warned that homeowners with home security systems could be the target of a potential “Scam” involving their ADT Home Security Sign. The scam involves scammers targeting houses that have their security sign on display from their yard. Once the house is picked the scammers dress up like your local ADT authorized installers and come up to your front door and will ask to speak with you. Once they have your attention they will tell you that they are looking for three or four homes in the surrounding area to participate in their new wireless program. They will even go as far as to tell you that you will use your existing home security protection plan in July unless you switch to the new program. This is a lie! The Better Business Bureau recommends not opening your door to unknown people. If they are legitimately from ADT they will either not come to your home in the first place, or they will leave a business card and brochure. If you do get contacted by a scammer trying to sell you on this promotion call your existing alarm company while they are still at your door, if they get uncomfortable and leave then report them to the better business bureau. The BBB believes that if they are legitimate they will not have a problem waiting while you verify the information.
“If there will be any changes to your service you will be contacted by your company. You won’t hear this information from someone who knocks at your door, and especially someone who tries to scare you. Try and remember the name of the company the person is representing and file a complaint with BBB.”- BBB website. Here are a few tips offered by the BBB to avoid this potential scam:
- Always think safety first: If you are at home alone and don’t recognize the person at your door, don’t open it. If they are a legitimate company they will leave a brochure or business card.
- Be aware that you may be targeted: Be aware that with this scam in particular, if you do have a home security sign in your front lawn that you may be at risk of being targeted.
- Check with your existing provider: Always, Always, check with your own security company or other company first. You can even ask the sales representative to wait while you do. If they are telling the truth, they will have no problem waiting.
- Beware of scare tactics: They may not work on everyone, but if you are alone, elderly or just don’t like confrontation you may be intimidated to signing up for something against your will. If you believe that this type of business practice is happening in your neighborhood, please call the police and let them know.
- Tell your Neighborhood watch: If you have a neighborhood watch established in your neighborhood, let them know about the potential scammers. BBB offers to come out and speak with the group about this matter.
If there are any changes to your service you will be contacted by your company. You will not receive this information from someone knocking on your door and especially someone who tries to scare you. It is important to try and get the name of the company the person is representing and try and file a complaint with the BBB and if they get especially threatening, the police. To learn more about the latest in Home Safety News visit us at Connect Your Home or call (888)566-3979. Has this every happened to you?