Zoeller warns of home security scams

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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is warning residents to be wary of calls and door-to-door solicitors offering home security or alarm systems.

Zoeller said his office has received more than 150 complaints from people who got unwanted calls, including robocalls, offering home security systems.

“Consumers should be cautious when receiving an unsolicited call or knock at the door from a home-security salesperson,” said Zoeller in a press release. “High-pressure or deceptive sales tactics are often used by scammers to convince you to buy an expensive alarm monitoring contract or replace your current alarm monitoring company. Hoosiers can usually expect an uptick in these types of solicitations leading into spring.”

Zoeller said he has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a company responsible for some of those complaints and received a default judgment of $4.38 million in civil penalties. He said the judgment marks the second highest total amount awarded to the state in a case involving telephone privacy violations, and his office will seek to cover those funds.

In Indiana, most robocalls are illegal regardless of whether or not your number is registered on the Do Not Call List. Exceptions include calls from school districts to students, parents or employees and businesses advising employees of work schedules.

To register your number on the Do Not Call List call 888-834-9969 or visit here. The deadline to register your number for this quarter is Feb. 18.

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