Watch For Home Security Scam - And Response

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A young man came to my door a little after 6 p.m. on Dec. 2, Wednesday night claiming to be a manager with ADT. He told me that he and other managers were in our neighborhood working as a "recovery team." He supposedly wanted to put a free sign in our yard for advertising.

What he didn't tell me was there would also be a fine print agreement involved, and my wife and I would be stuck with an inferior alarm system that probably wouldn't work in the first place.

I called his hand, and he was obviously upset. I noticed that he and his scammer buddy traveled in a white truck that had something printed on the side of the truck. It was dark and the truck was a distance from me, so I couldn't see what it said.

These crooks were in the 3700 block of 7th Avenue last night, and I just wanted to warn everyone of this scam. ADT is a legitimate company, and they are tops in my book. I spoke with a real ADT manager this morning, and she knew absolutely nothing about a "recovery team" or managers out in our area.

Please don't fall for this scam. Let's stop these folks dead in their tracks. Get rid of them as fast as you can.

David Knight
Chattanooga

* * *

I had a guy at my home last night, Dec. 4, in Hixson at 4:30 trying to
give me a free system ADT for my home.
I asked the man who he was with, and he said securewatch and they would
install it for for free and I would only have to pay the min monthly
payment $32.00. So I asked for his business card; he did not have one. So I asked for his work phone number, and he could not give me one.

The man was about 6'4" and had reddish hair and a beard. He was carrying a silver clipboard. He had on a tan jacket, tan pants and a blue shirt. There was no car or truck around at the time.

Later I saw a white Ford ranger with a black bed liner and something
written on the tailgate but could not make it out; it was getting
dark. I did call the police department and reported it.

Be aware folks; times are tough for a lot of us.

Sue Smith
Hixson


Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

A New Way To Stop The Poverty Education Cycle

For more years then proud to talk I have watched, sometimes up close and very personal, the plight and future of so many kids.  Mostly black and a few others this group was destined not to greatness or success, but to a life of food stamps, welfare, poor education and poorer still educational prospects.  So often in my own work I would see and feel the excitement of the ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Tribute Service For Luther Masingill Held At Historic Engel Stadium

It took a place as big as historic Engel Stadium for Chattanooga to say goodbye to their beloved Luther. Hundreds came Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to Luther Masingill who died early Monday morning after a radio career that spanned an amazing 74 years. It was clear from all who spoke that he was considered not only a radio personality, but also a role model. One after ... (click for more)

Freeman-Led Owls Whip Cleveland, 30-14, To Win 5-AAA Title

Rashun Freeman was on a mission Friday night. Freeman, a junior brimming with versatility, caught a touchdown pass, returned a punt for a second score and had one of three Ooltewah interceptions as the fourth-ranked Owls whipped Cleveland, 30-14, to win the District 5-AAA championship in front of a near-capacity crowd at James N. Monroe Stadium. “I practice hard and that ... (click for more)

Baylor Beats Father Ryan For D-II State Volleyball Title

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Friday was a magical day for the Baylor Lady Red Raider volleyball team. Facing arch-rival Father Ryan for the fourth time this season, Baylor evened the score at 2-2, but the last time at Siegel High School was the sweetest as it came in the championship match of the D-II Class AA state tournament. Father Ryan had a huge group of students in its ... (click for more)