One of the biggest door-to-door scams to be on the lookout for, especially during summer, is home security systems. These fraudulent companies will show up at your door impersonating other home security companies in an effort to get you to sign a contract with them. They often use strong sales tactics, promising you something that is most likely false to entice you and ultimately get your money. You do not want to fall victim to these con artists and risk the safety of your home.
Here’s some advice for avoiding these types of scams
- Don’t trust door-to-door sales. When someone comes to your door trying to sell you something, that should be a red flag right away. To completely avoid this situation, you should not even open your front door to prevent giving someone the opportunity to coax you. Only answer the door if you are expecting someone. Perhaps post a “No Soliciting” sign on your front door to show that you are cautious and intolerant to scams.
- Ask to see employee identification. Always verify that the employee is who they say they are and that they actually work for the company they say they work for. As well as their identification, ask to see their contractor’s license – the number, the state where they’re registered and the name under which the license is filed. If the salesperson fails to provide you with this information, consider looking elsewhere for home security systems.
- If it’s too good to be true…it probably is. Remember that these salespeople are very persuasive and high-pressure in their techniques. They will use phrases such as “this offer will not last”, the equipment is “free”, your current supplier is going out of business, or that there has been an increase in burglaries in the neighborhood. Do your research to avoid getting scammed by the “deal of a lifetime”.
Overall, the best way to look for a home security system is to go directly through the company. Reliable companies such as us here at Central Alarm will give you the best accredited home security system. If you’re worried that you have fallen for a security systems scam, please contact us right away.