It seems that no industry is ever safe
from scams. Big companies or
industries that have both a good
amount of customers and customers
who have access to credit cards are
often a big target for criminals who
want to take advantage of consumers.
Recent headlines out of Erin, Tennessee state that a
false company is contacting consumers via telephone with
an automated system that tells the consumer that there
have been several break-in's in the area and that the
company will give them a free alarm system if they
let the company put a security alarm sign in their yard.
After several automation prompts the customer is asked
for their credit card information and this is where the
scam happens. The telephone company has alerted
authorities to this scam and they are currently working
to put an end to it.
Unfortunately, these types of scams are happening more
and more lately in the security industry. It is sad for both
the consumer who been scammed and for legitimate
alarm companies trying to reach out to market to
consumers. Many alarm companies have used the sales
pitch of putting a yard sign in the yard for a free system.
In reality it is a good pitch and a true one. A lot of top
alarm companies provide customer with a free alarm and
a free yard sign for signing up for monitoring service with
their company, but now it will be harder for true alarm
companies to gain customers trust.
Another similar scam plagued the alarm industry over the
summer when burglars were dressing up like ADT sales
representative and going door to door to pretend to be
selling alarm systems when they were actually scooping
out homes to break into. A third scam happened this
summer when a legitimate alarm company went door
to door telling another alarm companies clients that their
current alarm company was out of business and the new
company would now be servicing their alarm. The
customers were required to sign a new contract with
the new alarm company and ended up being in contract
with two alarm companies and very confused about
who was handling their home safety.
It is a shame that an industry that is meant to protect
the homes and lives of its customers can have such
damaging scams. My best advice to our customers and
anyone who has or is looking to buy an alarm system is to
ask a lot of questions then verify the answers you receive.
A reputable alarm company will not only be aware of the
current scams in the market, but will be more than
understanding over your concerns. Your best defense
is information and verification.
To find out more about verifying an alarm company or
to ask any alarm questions feel free to contact Crime
Fighters of Atlanta at anytime.