Home Security Scams: Fake Protection 1 Sales Representatives
When someone comes knocking on your door claiming to be a sales representative, make sure that you are not entrusting your home security to the wrong person. Home security scams are especially common in the spring and summer months according to the Federal Trade Commission, and false sales representatives often use high-pressure, deceptive sales pitches to lure you into a decision. Keep this in mind to protect yourself from scams.
Ask to See Employee Identification
Protection 1 employees are highly trained professionals who immediately show you their I.D. upon request. Study the information carefully, and immediately call a Protection 1 service center for verification, if you have doubts concerning the representative’s true affiliation. It is a scam alert if a purported representative hesitates to reveal his I.D.; in this case, kindly ask the individual to leave.
Know the Common Persuasion Techniques
Those who practice home security scams use high-pressure sales techniques to get you to let them install a system or sign an agreement without first learning the facts. They might say that the special offer will not be good tomorrow, or they might claim that your equipment is outdated and needs immediate upgrading, even though home security technology is reliable for 10 to 20 years. They may claim that their security service is buying out Protection 1 and that you need to install new equipment; this is an immediate scam alert, as Protection 1 is not for sale and has never been acquired. They may also try to scare you into making a decision by citing a supposed increase of burglaries in your neighborhood.
Verify a Protection 1 Employee Online
It takes just minutes to verify the identity a Protection 1 employee by navigating to Protection1.com/verify. Enter the I.D. number from the employee’s badge, and click the “Verify” tab. A photograph and credentials of the employee appear on the screen, allowing you to decide whether the individual is a trusted Protection 1 employee.
Prevent Future Disturbances
Protect yourself from deceptive sales representatives by posting a “No Soliciting” sign or sticker near your front door. Although knocking on a door accompanied by this type of sign is not a crime in most areas, it reveals to fake sales reps that you are cautious and scam-savvy. This repels many would-be scammers and gives you an easy out when faced with an unknown solicitor.
If you have a Protection 1 security system, you know that you can trust the qualified, honest employees of Protection 1. However, the same cannot be said for those who falsely claim to represent Protection 1. Use this important scam alert to prepare your family for the possibility of a fake door-to-door representative.