It happens every summer. Even with warnings from local police and the federal government, door knocking scams hit victims across the country during the summer months. These scams take place in a variety of methods but the one we’re largely focused on involve home security.
Summer Home Security Door Knocking Scams Explained
Scammers posing as home security salesman are nothing new. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) annually issues guidelines to homeowners that detail common aspects of door knocking scams. One of the biggest giveaways to a door knocking scam is identification. Homeowners should ALWAYS ask for identification from a door-to-door salesperson. Many reputable companies using door-to-door (D2D) sales tactics will have websites with identifying info for their sales staff.
These types of scams can take a variety of forms. Some will involve attempts to steal personal or financial information from customers. A few of the more elaborate home security scams can manage to convince existing home security customers that they represent a homeowner’s alarm provider. The scammers then convince the homeowner to sign a new contract that can be difficult to void.
Tips to Avoid Summer Home Security Door Knocking Scams
One of the best ways to avoid a door knocking scam is to simply not answer the door for salespeople. However, there are a few signs to look for if the situation is unavoidable. If a salesperson mentions a “limited time offer” or tries to get you to “upgrade” your existing system, there’s a good chance they are a scammer.
Protect America Home Security
Protect America customers have a built in defense against home security scams. Install the system yourself! There’s no need for a salesperson or installation technician to enter your home. Not only does this save time but it also saves substantial money. Most other security providers require their customers to pay an activation and installation fee. Protect America cuts these costs which leave hundreds of dollars in your pocket. And Protect America will even give a FREE wireless home security system when you order a monitoring solution.