Joan Falldine did what any responsible homeowner would do, by purchasing a security system to protect her house from theft. Little did she know, that form of trusted security would open up an opportunity for a con artist.
Falldine thinks twice before opening the front door of her Warner Robins home. Just before Thanksgiving, a man posing as an ADT security employee approached her home, looking for information.
"He basically wanted to know the status of my system and that was something else that baffled me because if would've really been from ADT he would've known the status of my system... because he could've looked it up anytime," said Falldine.
Joan asked the con man to leave her property but after the encounter her house was broken into twice while she was out of town.
"Police responded again, and when they got here the door was closed, although it was not locked anymore. So I don't know how they got in, it's a big mystery to us," said Falldine.
The first red flag of many for Joan is when the ADT imposter approached her front door he was holding an ADT yard sign, but didn't show any form of identification.
"When ADT comes to our home they always offer identification so that you know who it is that you're dealing with," said Falldine.
After the break-ins, Joan called ADT and they said the company did not send anyone to her home. According to local law enforcement, cold, door-to-door encounters are a thing of the past.
"A reputable company is not going to send someone to your door on what's referred to as a cold call they're going to call and make an appointment," said Captain Robert Clark of the Houston County Sheriff's Office.
Luckily for Joan an interior door was locked and prevented the thief from stealing anything. Either way the scam reminds her it's better to be safe than sorry.
"I'm way more diligent of arming my system every time I leave my house now," said Falldine.
Captain Robert Clark says con artists like this man try to target the elderly because they may be more likely to trust and ultimately reveal information.
Warner Robins Police did not write a report because no items were stolen from Falldine's house.