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Durham police warn of door-to-door security sales scam

Posted July 4, 2012

Durham police are warning residents to be aware of a possible door-to-door scam involving people claiming to be with alarm companies.

Investigators say they've received several reports recently in which a so-called salesperson claims to be selling security systems of offering existing customers upgrades.

Residents say they've also been visited by people claiming to be from an alarm company telling them they need their systems upgraded or repaired. In those cases, the visitors also references break-ins in the area.

Police say they don't have a specific number of incidents nor descriptions of any possible suspects. But they say they've received reports of the possible scam in the Old North Durham, Lakewood and Forest Hills neighborhoods. They've also had calls on Collier Road near Old Chapel Hill Road and Down Street.

The Federal Trade Commission, which warns of such scams on its website, urges people to be cautious and to always ask for proper identification before allowing someone they don't know into their homes.

Durham police say that most reputable alarm companies do not go door-to-door to solicit business. If there are questions about the validity of such a call, they urge residents to call the company to verify using a number they've gotten independently from the so-called salesperson.

Residents can also ask to see a city vendor permit or privilege license.

Another tip from police: Don't provide personal information, and call 911 for any suspicious activity.

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  • jcrew1979 Jul 6, 2012

    I'll always say, "Let me talk to my husband about it" and I ask them if they have a business card and they NEVER do. They get on my nerves.

  • sabby06 Jul 5, 2012

    "they urge residents to call the company to verify using a number they've gotten independently from the so-called salesperson." Ok.. shouldn't that say... they urge residents to call the company to verify using a number they've gotten independently, NOT THE NUMBER FROM THE SO-CALLED SALESPERSON.

  • Peachtree Jul 5, 2012

    I had to get nasty with the one that came last week. This is the 4th salesman in two months, telling stories about break-ins in my area, as if that was going to convince me to buy anything from him. If there were break-ins, this dude probably did it.

  • Workingrepublican Jul 5, 2012

    Get the license plate and get these thieves off the street....Born know good 99.9 percent of the time they stay that way...

  • superman Jul 5, 2012

    Dont respond to anything that you didnt ask for. Hang up on phone calls unless you know they were susposed to call you back. Dont buy anything at the door. Dont give out any information about anything. Greedy people are the easiest to scam. Offer them a free carrot or reduced price and you can get their money and title to their house and car. If its too good to be true it probably isnt. A promise of a high return on your investment and you will borrow money to give them.

  • jahudson Jul 5, 2012

    I have had two "salesmen" in the last 4 months at my raleigh home. They want to give me a free system and monitoring so they can "advertise" using my home. yeah, right..

  • jmf1073 5.0 Jul 5, 2012

    I told those perps that I provided my own security and if they didn't leave they would find out more about it.
    abbynork

    lol...comment of the day!!! Hahaha!

  • abbynork Jul 5, 2012

    I told those perps that I provided my own security and if they didn't leave they would find out more about it.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jul 5, 2012

    police are warning residents to be aware of a possible door-to-door scam involving people claiming to be with alarm companies.

    If the police are aware of this scam, why in the world are they not doing something about it instead of warning the people. Someone should have been arrested like yesterday. What is their problem?

  • Gatsby Jul 5, 2012

    Dont be caught off-guard if they call you by phone either...A few years back my Mother got a call asking about her alarm and if it was monitored. It was about a week later the perp was nabbed after a chase when he was spotted cutting her screen at a back window location.

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