Monday, December 22, 2008

Consumer Alert: Beware of Scam Calls Posing As Your Security Alarm Service

It seems that there are always scam artists who are determined to play the Grinch during the holidays.

The current scam involves calls to home security alarm system owners from individuals posing as customer service reps. The caller identifies the call as a courtesy call to see if the homeowner is happy with their security alarm system and if it is working properly. An interesting call to make around the holidays, don't you think?

Fortunately the callers forgot one small but very important detail that tips you off to their game. Caller ID displays the origin of the call as "Out of Area" or "Anonymous Call."

I have verified with at least one Security System, Counterforce based in Houston, TX that their company is making no such calls.

So if you receive one of these calls, do not give out any information. Even if the Caller ID display seems to be legitimate, ( caller ID info can be faked), hang up and alert your security company immediately.

Don't let these scammers ruin your holiday.

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