Two people arrested in Houston County posing as security system employees
COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A woman avoided a continuous scam after a man and woman led her to believe they were employees of ADT.
The commercial and residential security company says several Middle Georgia residents have been targeted for the door-to-door scams.
Cochran resident Margaret Knight, 61, says she opened her door to Skyler and Madeline Newby back in April, but knew after a few questions something was wrong.
“He said that they worked for ADT and that they had to get in my house to put in a chip in the system that I had, so I could get free life alert,” says Knight.
She’s been a customer of the company for years, and knew “…they don’t just send people [randomly].”
“They tried everything to get into my house, and there is no telling what they would’ve done if they did get into my house,” she added.
Madeline walked to Knight’s front door holding a clipboard with past information. A light bulb went off in the resident’s head.
“On that clip board she had Margaret Davis. Well, I haven’t been Margaret Davis in 38 years.”
It was all the information she needed. They used her maiden name and after calling ADT, she learned their ID’s were not part of the system.
“I got his employment information and gave it to them, and they said no ma’am we don’t have–this is not an employee of ADT. You need to call the police right now,” says Knight.
The couple had been running the scam across Middle Georgia, and were arrested in Houston County on May 7 after trying to scam a local resident in Warner Robins.
The home security company wrote in a statement to 41NBC that says:
“ADT deeply cares about its customers and is committed to stopping these shameful sales practices of a few unscrupulous security companies which swindle thousands of consumers every year into signing new contracts.”
Knight just hopes investigators find answers as to how the Newby’s got her private information.
“This is the part that I want everyone to know that scares me,” Knight says. “He had enough information on me to know what kind of system that I had, and ADT wants to know how he got that.”