Top 5 Home Security System Scams

When a home security salesman comes a-knockin’, beware, pay attention and know what you are getting into. He might not be who he says he is, or he might have tactics under his belt that will cost you big time.

WZZM reports, “For a couple of years now, the Federal Trade Commission has been warning people about shady practices by some door-to-door salespeople, especially those representing home security systems. While many reps are legitimate, others have found success using high pressure tactics and outright lies to get you to switch companies or sign you up for new service.”

Protect yourself:

  • Never let anyone inside your home. It’s just not a good idea.
  • Always ask for identification and keep the conversation outside.
  • Door-to-door salespeople should tell you their name, business name and the services they wish to sell before asking you any questions.
  • Salespeople should show you their state-issued “pocket card” or license and ID. Take the time to scrutinize their documentation.

The FTC lays out some tips to recognize when a scammer is on your doorstep:

  • They may make a time-limited offer and claim that you need to act now.
  • They may pressure their way into your home and then refuse to leave.
  • They may use scare tactics. For example, they may talk about a supposed rash of burglaries in your neighborhood.
  • The sales agents may state or imply that they are from your existing security company and that they’re there to “upgrade” or “replace” your current security system.
  • They may claim your security company has gone out of business, that they’ve taken over the accounts, and that you have to buy new equipment and sign new contracts.

At this point, with the internet being so accessible and all the major security companies at your fingertips—coupled with doing all the legwork for you—it makes no sense to even open the door when a salesman comes ringing.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.