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How to Avoid Home Security Systems Scams

How to Avoid Home Security Systems Scams

Every homeowner wants to have the best security system in place. Unscrupulous manufacturers see this as an opportunity to sell faulty systems.  Especially during summer and winter seasons, salespersons are sent in vast numbers to conduct door-to-door sales.  Using their sales and marketing skills, they are able to coax homeowners into buying the systems, which in most cases they are counterfeits.  They are likely to overcharge you on different systems, which may be substandard.  To avoid being a victim of home security systems scams, determine their credibility.

Signs of a potential home security scam

Salespeople, who are out there to make some money out of unsuspecting homeowners, use a number of approaches to get them buying their products.  Here are some signs you may be led into home security systems scams:
1.    The salesperson, gives you an ultimatum that you must act now or never. For instance, the sales agent may try to get you into signing a contractual agreement, saying that the equipment or device is free. In most cases, such contracts are for entering you into long term and pricey monitoring agreement.

2.    They may refuse to leave your home, until you bulge in.  It might seem impolite, to show no interest into what they are trying to say, but it is a better way than allowing them in and looking for ways to send them out. If the salesperson refuses to leave, then it is wise to call the local police. Sometimes, burglars come in the guise of salespeople.  Unless, it is very necessary consider buying home security systems from online sites or visiting the local providers.

3.    The sales agents may also scare you about certain reported cases of burglaries in your neighborhood. This is only meant to make you feel vulnerable and buy their products.

4.    If you have a notice, displaying that you have security systems with a certain company, salespeople may come in the name of the company. They are likely to tell you that they are there to replace or upgrade your existing home security system, after which they will install their own and make you sign a monitoring contract.

5.    Some will go to the lengths of claiming that your current security company is no longer in operation. Usually, they will tell you that they have taken over the business and you have to sign some new papers. In this case, do not sign the documents, before you contact the company, to ascertain that what the sales agent is saying is the truth. Furthermore, if your provider were to make such as a drastic move, they would certainly notify you.

6.    Last but not the least, before you enter into an agreement with a salesperson selling a home security system, ask for the following information:

•    The name of the company
•    Physical address
•    Telephone number
•    Contractor’s license number
•    The state which issued the license
•    The name under which the license was issued

If you note that they are reluctant to give this information, it is a sign, they are scammers. Home security systems scams have become rampant. Surprisingly, of all the reported cases, a good percentage is made by door-to-door sales people.  Ensure to use the above tips, if faced with such as a scenario.

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