If someone has ever knocked on your door claiming to work for your cable or security company but has no form of identification or licensing, you are not alone!
There are thousands of scammers out there looking for your approval to enter your home and “case” it for later burglaries.
In order to prevent this from happening to you, we have come up with a plan to help you protect yourself, your family, and your belongings from these impersonators.
1. Always ask for Identification
If he claims to work for your cable company but does not have a business card or license on him, you can safely assume he is an imposterIf he does have a business card on him but you still aren’t sure, ask him for his manager’s information so you can call and reference check.
2. Ask to Reschedule
It’s okay to ask him to come back at a different time if you think he is being honest. He randomly knocked on your door, so he can’t expect you to just let him into your home on-the-spot. If he is legit, he will honor your schedule.
3. Home Alone?
If your husband is at work or your roommate is gone, do not let the imposter know you are home by yourself. The easiest way to avoid this is to not answer the door at all.
4. Be Aware of Time of Day
If the “cable guy” is knocking at your door at 10 o’clock at night, he is probably up to something. If a real cable or security maintenance employee is going to stop by your house, you can bet it will be during normal business hours.
5. Educate Your Children
Most children know not to answer the door for strangers, but it never hurts to be too careful. Letting your children know to keep the front and back doors locked when adults are gone will increase their safety, and your peace of mind.
For more information on how to protect yourself, or if you have any questions on security systems for your home, contact us today!