How to Spot A Home Security Scam


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As the home is always considered a person’s safe haven, it is only natural that many people would go to lengths to protect it. Which is why as soon as a person comes knocking claiming to be a security salesman, a homeowner is often inclined to entertain the said salesperson.

Sadly, there are some people out there who tend to take advantage of this openness to security pitches, using them as windows of opportunity to sell overpriced and at times inferior security systems and equipment to an unwitting homeowner. Ironic, isn’t it?

The Federal Trade Commission themselves in a statement brought this matter to the attention of consumers, calling for caution when considering a security salesman’s offer. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, here’s how to tell if you’re talking to a con artist:


  • Door-to-Door

Any “security salesman” who comes up to your door should be suspected of fraud immediately as legit security companies often phone ahead for an appointment and not just wander around aimlessly in hopes of a sale

  • License

Immediately ask for a license from your “security salesman”. Security companies are mandated by the government to carry a license that had gone through a through background check from the necessary departments. Anyone without a license on them should not be entertained.


  • “No Longer in Business”

If your salesperson informs you that your current security system is no longer in business, it is most likely a scam. You can easily verify this by calling your security company themselves.


  • Scare Tactics

Salespeople who scare you into buying their security systems are often scammers. A good example of this would be telling the homeowner of a sudden rash of supposed burglaries or break-ins.


Always keep in mind that you shouldn’t rush into getting a security system. Do your research. Exhaust your options. Ask around. Get references. It may seem like tedious work at first, but it’s better to have a safe and sturdy security system than end up with one that does not work at all, making your investment a big waste of money.