BBB warning Bay Area homeowners about door-to-door alarm sales tactics

BBB warning Bay Area homeowners about door-to-door alarm sales tactics


THOSE EDITS WERE INTENTIONAL FOR FORMATTING PURPOSES, WHILE OTHERS HAVE BEEN HARDER TO EXPLAIN. THE YEARBOOK ADVISOR HAS BEEN SUSPENDED WITH PAY.>>>A NEW WARNING FOR HOMEOWNERS ACROSS THE BAY AREA.>>A DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESMAN TRYING TO GET YOU TO SWITCH OUT YOUR ALARM SYSTEM USING HIGH- PRESSURE TACTICS. WE ARE LIVE IN TAMPA WITH MORE.>>Reporte THE BBB SAYS SALESPEOPLE ARE CANVASSING NEIGHBORHOODS JUST LIKE THIS THEY ARE TAKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXISTING ALARM SYSTEMS AND TRYING TO GET THEM TO SWITCH. THAT DOESN’T ALWAYS END UP GIVING HOMEOWNERS A BETTER DEAL.>>THAT WON’T WORK.>>Reporter: HIS LAST ENCOUNTER WITH A DOOR-TO-DOOR SALESPERSON HAD HIM ORDERING A PERSON OFF HIS PROPERTY. THE SALESPERSON SAID HE WAS WITH HIS EXISTI ALARM COMPANY ASKING HIM TO PAY FOR AN UPGRADE HE HAD ALREADY MADE.>>I CONFRONTED HIM ON IT. I SAID I ARE READY HAD IT.>>Reporter: HE IS IN ALONE. OTHERS ACROSS THE BAY AREA ALSO DEAL WITH HIGH-PRESSURE SALES TACTICS FROM DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES PEOPLE. THIS VIDEO USED IN A LAWSUIT TELLS CUSTOMERS THEY ARE JUST UPGRADING EQUIPMENT NOT UPGRADING AN ENTIRE SYSTEM.>>WE ARE JUST TAKING DOWN THOSE OLD PANELS AND PUTTING UP A NEW ONE FOR YOU. NOTHING YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR. WE HAVE TO SAY THAT RIGHT OFF THE BAT.>>THESE SALESPEOPLE COULD BE USING STRONG AND AGGRESSIVE TACTICS TRYING TO GAIN NEW CUSTOMERS.>>Reporter: THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU SAYS NEVER FEEL PRESSURED TO SIGN A NEW CONTRACT WHEN A SALESPERSON COMES TO YOUR DOOR. SPECTATE THE INFORMATION, DO SOME HOMEWORK AND CHECK THEM OUT. GET BIDS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES — OTHER COMPANIES.>>Reporter: IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN ALARM SYSTEM, CALL YOUR SECURITY COMPANY WHE SOMEONE COMES TO YOUR DOOR CLAIMING TO BE AFFILIATED WITH THEM. YOU CAN ALSO ASKED TO SEE THEIR HOME SOLICITOR’S PERMIT, AN INDICATION THEY ARE ON THE UP AND UP.>>I NEVER BUY ANYTHING WITHOUT RESEARCH.>>Reporter: THE BBB SAYS EXPECT TO SEE MORE AND MORE SALESPEOPLE AT YOUR FRONT DOOR.>>>SUMMER IS PRIME TIME FOR ALARM SALES.>>Reporter: A LOT OF THESE ALARM COMPANIES ACCORDING TO THE BBB IS RECRUITING COLLEGE STUDENTS. WHAT IF YOU SIGN ONE OF THOSE CONTRACTS AND DECIDE YOU WANT

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