Home Security System Scam – Safety for Free?

Neighborhood Safety at a Price – Don't Be a Target

Free Home Security Scams in the News

What You Should Know

Home security telemarketing calls were the second most common telephone scam in 2014. And though it's dropped a bit in percentage of overall telephone scams, it's still fooling many consumers today.

How Does It Work?

During these calls, the telephone operator offers a free home security system after mentioning a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood to scare homeowners into action. However, the security system is not free; it actually comes with long-term monitoring costs or fees. OR, the callers tell people they can receive a free security system simply for having a sign planted in your front yard. Callers are asked to hit a key to proceed, but doing so will let the caller know the number is active and may lead to even more spam calls.

What You Should Do

If the offer does sound interesting, ask not only for their contact details but also information about their contractor's license number, the state where they're registered and the name under which the license is filed. Then check these out before going further.

Our BEST Advice

Even if you recognize the number, remember, scammers can spoof legitimate numbers. So, if you didn't proactively call that business, let it go to voicemail. It's your best defense against scammers and robocallers.

How YouMail Can Help Stop Scams Today

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Definitely check out YouMail's online phone directory to validate if the caller's number has negative reports or is from a known scammer.