Taking Action: How To Protect Yourself From Door-to-Door Security Sales Scams


We got a heads up from a viewer email that someone posing as an ADT security employee tried to enter their home, telling them he was there to update an alarm panel.

Turns out, the alarm company says it was just a scam to get into the house.

With this guest, your ‘Welcome’ mat might be exaggerating a bit.

If you answer the door to someone who claims to sell security systems, ADT has some suggestions for avoiding scams.

First, always check for company badges and photo id.  ADT says they issue it to all employees, and it’s the fastest, safest way to make sure someone is who they say they are.

Second, if they try to sell you services, always call and check with the provider.  Many scammers will make wild, unrealistic claims, that you ca easily dispel.

Third, don’t jump to sign anything they’re selling, no matter how hard they pressure.  Take time to think about it and double-check the offers they extend.

Keep all this in mind, and as always, don’t be afraid to shut the door.

Plus, a representative for ADT says if they really are selling something and they use deceptive sales tactics to win you over on your door step, you can always report them to the Better Business Bureau.

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