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Door knocking scams expected in summer months

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A provider of wireless home security systems is warning the public of door knocking scams that are expected to happen in the coming summer months.

Protect America, Inc., says residents of Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico should be aware of fake salespeople who claim to be offering home security and automation equipment in order to obtain personal and financial data for illegal use.

In the past, scammers have also approached a home with a security system and claimed to represent the security provider who could upgrade the system.

"It's important to warn people about these scams because they happen nearly every summer," said Mackenzie Kelly, a spokeswoman for Protect America. "They leave victims feeling taken advantage of and unsafe in their own homes. As a security company, we can't stand by and let this happen to people, so we're doing our best to educate people before they hear that knock on the door."

Representatives of Protect America say that homeowners in the Sierra Vista, Tombstone, and Fort Huachuca areas specifically need to be on the lookout in Arizona.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission gives advice for spotting these scams.

If a salesperson claims to have a "limited time offer" or offers additional equipment for your existing system, ask for more information about the company they work for. Another warning flag is if they claim your company has gone out of business.

They say the best solution is to avoid answering the door for salespeople.

For more information about home security door knocking scams, visit the FTC website here.

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