We've received complaints of a new telemarketing sales pitch that is using a rather underhanded tactic to peddle home security systems.
A reader contacted us recently, complaining of a phone call she received from 860-840-7438. This call was an attempt to sell her a home security system, but the sales tactics used were quite alarming (pun intended).
Rather than simply stating their purpose for calling, this official-sounding message implied it was from none other than the FBI, stating there were “break-ins” and home invasions in her neighborhood. After these scare tactics, the salesman then offered a “free” home security system in exchange for placing a sign in the woman’s yard. This is a well-known ploy, which we have discussed here before.
Please see Free Security System For a Sign in My Yard: Scam or Legit? for a more comprehensive discussion on this scam.
This company may identify themselves by a generic name such as “Security Services” or “Home Security Services” and the 860 area code originates from Connecticut. Their salesmen may ask questions about your address in their attempts to sell this security system.
Calling 8608407438 back will yield the following message:
You have been contacted for telemarketing purposes. If you don’t want to receive these calls press any digit now. Thank you and goodbye.
Since originally posting this article, we have heard from dozens of readers who have reported these calls from area codes all over the country, especially the 609 area code (see comments below).
We have received numerous reports that the number 5853715000 is also being heavily used in February 2014.
If you receive such a call, don’t let the fake “FBI” warning fool you; this is just a telemarketer. Please read our article about the “free” home security system scam before you accept any such offer.
Have you received a call like this? Let us know what was they said and what number they used to reach you.
Updated February 17, 2014