Video Blog: Tips to Avoid Door Knocking Scams

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    Video Blog: Tips to Avoid Door Knocking Scams

    During the summer months there are usually a rash of reports of sales people going door-to-door and offering to upgrade or install new security systems in neighborhoods throughout the southeast. Usually companies hire college kids looking for a good summer job, and these door knockers will be out from early in the morning until 7 or 8 pm. There are many companies that operate in an ethical manner, however there are multiple reports every year of companies looking to defraud customers and misrepresent themselves. Here are a few things to look out for if you find yourself with a door knocker looking to sell or upgrade your alarm system this summer. 

    Door Knocking Scam Strategies to Look Out For:

    • The person(s) may claim to work for your security company or claim that your security company has recently gone out of business.
    • They may report a recent rash of burglaries in your neighborhood to create concern.
    • They may tell you your system needs to be upgraded and ask if they can enter your home to evaluate your current system.
    • Once inside, they may give you the bad news that your current system cannot protect you properly and offer to upgrade your system.
    • They may claim there are a limited number of “free” upgraded systems they are giving away.
    • In reality, with this upgrade they will disconnect your service provider and install a new system from their company that may bind you into a long term agreement with high penalties.

    Protect Yourself from Door Knocking Scams:

    • Never allow anyone into your home who claims to be from your alarm company without contacting the company first.
    • Always ask for their State Alarm License Number or an ID badge with their company name - all ADS Security personnel have a state issued alarm license.
    • Ask questions if they are reluctant to provide answers – that’s a red flag.
    • Don’t be frightened if they claim reports of increased burglaries in your area – this is a fear tactic.
    • Never sign an agreement when you feel pressured to do so or have not read it thoroughly.
    • The Better Business Bureau is an excellent resource to research a company’s reputation and reliability. Nationwide, nearly 160 security companies have a BBB rating of a C or below – use the BBB website to reference a company’s rating. This is a small fraction of the roughly 12,000 security companies currently operating in the US in a trustworthy and ethical manner, but it’s important to understand the kind of company you are dealing with.

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    Lauren Conger

    Lauren Conger

    Lauren is the Associate Marketing Manager at ADS. She loves her job because she can be creative and work alongside wonderful people. She always appreciates awesome alliterations and dad jokes. Lauren loves Nebraska Football, traveling, chili cheese fries, and her dog Ginger.

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