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Home Alarm System Upgrade: How The Scam Works
You are working around the house, and suddenly hear a knock at your door. You open it up. There is a man who is wearing a coverall uniform. A white van is parked in the driveway. "Good day! I am Peter McKay; I am with your security company," he says and mentioning it after looking at the sticker you have on your window showing its logo.
"Well, I have some good news. We are now able to reduce your costs. We've upgraded our home security systems, and I'll be happy to make your day!". Well, beware of this trap these days as crooks are back out after the pandemic. How does it work? The scam has been going around for years, but people still fall for it. Let's dive in.
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He also tells you that he is just there to take a look at your box only, so he knows what to replace it with. You let him in; he goes about his job and then asks to see the contracts and snaps some pictures of it. You may find it weird, but he explains he needs to know what kind of plan you are on.
"Perfect, we're almost done," he says. "We'll get you the new device to replace this one on Monday. It will just be a small charge of $23.99, but your bills will be way cheaper every month, so you'll cover this charge in no time. Shall we proceed?"
You do the math, and according to what fake numbers he gives, you realize that yes, within a year, you will save a lot of money. And you give him your credit card. From here on, you know what can happen to it.
This is a scam that probably doesn't happen in every city, but we must educate the readers about what can happen if they face this scenario one day.
How To Avoid The Home Security System Upgrade Scam
If this visit happens to you, make sure you ask the door-to-door "agent" to show his credentials. Not only the alarm system company ID but his driver's license, too. No shame in doing that – better safe than sorry. Companies do not send men on the street to check clients' devices or to offer deals. They have records of their clients' plans already.
Security System Upgrade: How To Report a Scammer
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