Knock, Knock... "Your agent sent me, didn't he tell you?"
"I am from ADT, congratulations on your new home, your Realtor should have told you that I'd be coming by."
My client texted me this conversation a couple of days ago. Her response to the "ADT rep." was that she was getting a security system but would not sign up with her, and told her in so many words that if anybody tried to break in in the mean time they might not have a place to wear a hat when they left. (Specifics omitted here)
I asked my client if she got a name or number, she replied that she did not. When she asked for a brochure or calling card so she could consider the offer the "sales woman" explained the deal was "for right now, not next week" and didn't even leave a calling card.
She asked about my clients work schedule and did she ever work from home; hmmmm?
The sales person said she found new homeowners from a Realtor database. I explained there are many ways to find the new home owners and she could have even hacked an agent's account, but that I would never send anybody by without her permission and that she should call the police and file a report, it all sounded so fishy to me.
She said she would and also call ADT and see what they said. A good idea, but try getting a local ADT rep proved impossible for me, I don't think she got through either. I spoke with 3 national call centers and could never get a local rep even though I dialed a local number.
If the sales person wasn't an ADT rep, my apologies, but I just want to illustrate that if it is an ADT rep, fibbing about an agent referral, that is bad business, and if it is a bogus scam or worse, someone casing the house, then they are using reputable companies names to get in the door.
I wish she had thought to simply hold up her cell phone and snap a photo of the "sales rep", then step to the front door and snap the license number of the car. But that may have put her in harms way if there were sinister intentions and not the sales person as she presented herself to be.
Will let you know as more is learned on this.
to be continued...