Salesmen from “Safe Home Security” Victimize Elderly Couple in Texas

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We’ve blogged more than once on the subject of “door-knockers,” and with good reason – door-to-door salesmen in the home security industry continue to take advantage of consumers. This time they’ve struck in Splendora, TX, committing both fraud and forgery, according to a complaint registered by relatives of the victims on Pissed Consumer.com. A salesman from the offending company, Safe Home Security, knocked on the door of an elderly couple, who politely listened to his pitch but then declined to make a purchase. The couple’s grandson was there to observe what happened next and subsequently file this complaint:

Instead of leaving, the salesman had a counter offer: if [the grandparents/elderly couple] would allow the alarm company to place a sign in the yard, advertising the company, then they would receive free service… it would only cost them an installation fee which would be refunded back to them within the month by Safe Home Security, in which it was refunded.  The next month they noticed their checking acct was being debited by Safe Home Security.

The grandparents then had to go to the bank and put a block on all debit transactions, and continue to have to do this monthly, and they were being harassed by the alarm company for non-payment.  When they called Safe Home Security to try in getting the problem resolved, they learned that the salesman/installer had taken their check, the one that they wrote for the installation fee, and transferred all the check info onto a monthly debit release of funds form, and then either forged [their] signature or xeroxed the signature onto the form from the check. The person they spoke with at Safe Home Security said it was very obvious that the form had been altered, but that she couldn’t do anything about it, and that they needed to go file a police report.

No Resolution

The relatives filing this complaint on behalf of the elderly couple go on to say that this incident occurred 6-7 months ago and is still unresolved.

I think it’s sad, and disgusting that this company, who is totally aware of the fraud that was committed by their contractors/salesmen/employees/installers, is allowed to continue to harass this elder couple who did nothing wrong, and made sure to read everything placed in front of them before signing anything.

We think this situation is sad, too; in fact it’s infuriating. Our hearts go out to people who have been scammed in this manner. This kind of “sales” practice leaves a black scar on our entire industry. We hope our blogs have helped in some small way to shine light on this problem, and increase public awareness.

Of course, we aren’t the only ones sounding the alarm. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) publishes frequent warnings and takes action against offenders. As we mentioned in a blog last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also issued a blanket warning to consumers about door-to-door scams specifically in the security industry:

Unscrupulous door-to-door sales agents use a variety of approaches and pitches to get you to buy an alarm system and monitoring services. Here’s what to look out for:

  • They may make a time-limited offer, and claim that you need to act now. For example, they may try to get you to sign a contract by telling you that the equipment is “free.” More than likely, strings are attached. For example, to get your “free” alarm, you may have to sign a long-term and expensive system monitoring contract.
  • They may pressure their way into your home and then refuse to leave. It is not impolite or rude to tell a salesperson you’re not interested. It’s much easier — and safer — to say “no” on the doorstep than to try to get the salesperson to leave once they’re inside. If a salesperson continues to pressure you after you’ve asked them to leave, call the police.
  • They may use scare tactics. For example, they may talk about a rash of supposed burglaries in your neighborhood.

We at FrontPoint join these consumer protection agencies in urging you to take special care when opening the door to strangers. Make sure they have proper identification and read all paperwork very carefully. You should never be pressured into buying a product, so take time to do your research and make informed decisions.

Operating on principles of trust and openness, FrontPoint never utilizes door-knockers or high-pressure sales tactics. Our goal is to delight our customers – not strong-arm them. Based on the thousands of rave reviews we’ve seen, we believe we’re accomplishing that goal.  But we’ll never scale back our efforts to be the world’s most-trusted alarm company.

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  1. Lee Fulton

    Another “victim” of Safe Home Security. The original “contract” should not have been completed until May 2017, but a female rep caught me during a very emotional period of duress and when I didn’t have the time to check into the matter. She called to tell me it was time to renew my contract. This was sometime in either April or May 2016 when my husband was very ill and I was facing a double surgery. She said she would send the paperwork and I only needed to sign it and return it. Being in the mental state I was in, unfortunately I returned the signed paper. Later, after even more problems, I discovered the year-long difference in “due dates.”

    This led me to checking up on the company and I was floored by all the complaint calls, etc.Further checking turned up worse including the exact story of a door-to-door rep with the same story in New Caney of “put a sign in your yard and there will be no charge for installation.”

    I had been a little suspicious of whether or not the equipment was of any value, but let it ride on. Another situation had me calling in to ask a few questions. I did get answers to what I needed at that point, but when I told the person I spoke with that I needed to cancel the account due to some financial changes, he quickly told me the original contract had been destroyed and I was bound by the “new” one which is set to expire in 2021.

    I cannot afford an attorney to handle this. Any advice?

  2. Jason Usher

    We’re going through this exact thing right now with SHS. Salesman claiming to be with a company called Safeguard America also gave us the “free equipment for posting the sign” deal. The monthly charge wasn’t bad, but after two years and a couple of mortgage increase due to property taxes, we had to abandon the security. However, when we attempted to contact Safeguard America’s numbers, we found the website down, and the phone goes straight to a recording. So we cancelled the check they used to set up automatic payments. I talked to them today and they claim I signed a 60 month contract- which is a blatant lie; the salesman’s pitch clearly stated there was no contract or obligation. They claim they are going to send me a copy of the contract, which can be nothing but a forgery since I never signed one. There’s a lot of fishy stuff going on here, when they asked for my security code I gave them the security code I always use, and they said no it was a two letter word….never in my life would I break a passcode up into two words/submissions. As soon as I get my hands on a copy of that “contract” I will be filing a forgery charge on them at the police department and having a lawyer send a cease and desist on their false contract. Fortunately, we’re not elderly and we have the means to go a few rounds with these crooks. What interested me about this story is that it is so close to New Caney, where I had the same experience. Just know, someone with a little bit of means has been hit, and I will be taking up this fight!

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