Watch For Home Security Scam - And Response

Thursday, December 3, 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

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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


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