adt/secure watch scam
JOB is scam SECURE WATCH

Boynton Beach, FL

#22 Aug 25, 2011
I called about this Customer Care / Admin / Clerical position and was offered an interview. I was told to bring a photo id, a resume and that the attire was business professional.
I researched the company prior to going to the interview and found that there were a number of complaints that this company was a scam and that they hire only door to door sales people. So, one hour before my interview time, I called the company and told them what I had read. I said I was not interested in a door to door commission based sales job and I just wanted to verify what the position was. The Secure Watch representative advised that the position I was interviewing for was indeed an office setting that works with their existing clientele. I decided to give the interview a shot, hoping that the comments on this company were incorrect.
I show up for my interview, dressed in business professional attire, and am greeted by a young man in sloppy khaki shorts and a wrinkled Secure Watch polo. Not exactly what I expected when I was asked to dress business professional. I handed him my resume and we began to talk about my background. He asked what I was looking for and I advised an administrative office position as advertised. He stopped me and said,“well, this is not an office job, it’s outside door to door”. I said,“So it’s outdoor cold calling sales?” He went on to explain that it’s not “sales”, they go door to door, with no appointments, just cold calling in “break-in neighborhoods”. They ask if they can put their sign in the people’s yard for advertising purposes and for that, they give the resident a “free” alarm system, and the residents merely have to sign up and pay for the monthly monitoring service.
I told him that I had called his company shortly before my appointment to inquire about the details of the position and told him that this was not what I was expecting.
I asked if it was commission based and he advised that they do give a $200 weekly base pay, then the rest is commission. Of course, then he stated that they are mainly looking for people to promote to management. And that a promotion could be as quick as 30 days. He also said that when he started he made $6000 per month. I told him it was falsely advertised and I was not interested. He handed me my resume back and said “thank you”.
Then on my way out, he asked if I was interested in an alarm system. I told him, no and that I couldn’t afford that. He said “Well, you don’t even know what it costs”. And I replied,“Well, I’m looking for a job, not an alarm system…and IF it costs, then I can’t afford it.” And, I left.
It’s just maddening to have a company advertise falsely, and have you waste your time and gas to go to an interview for a scam like this. If they were legitimate, they would advertise as door to door sales and allow people who are interested in that type of work to apply. I hope this will help deter anyone else who is considering applying to this company for an “office” position.
LEN VALLES

Orlando, FL

#23 Aug 29, 2011
And to think that I was almost calling an ADT local branch in Orlando to work on the phone for them after a super-brief "interview!" (5 minutes?)
After all these horror stories?-Not on your life! I tried door-to-0door for 1-week on hot days-
never again! All you do is walk and leave flyers on doors & go home empty-pocketed! And if you land a "hot one" & your Supervisor assists,they get the credit - & the money! NO THANKS! I'll take my chances against the burglars!
Robby

Kingsport, TN

#24 Sep 19, 2011
I have recently had the same encounter with these Secure Watch people. They will tell you whatever it takes to get you to sign the contact, knowing most of it is a bunch of lies. I like the responses on here that suggests we are all fools for beliving what a salesman tells us. We all know we should read the contract before signing, and not sign if it does not agree with what the salesman has said. Even 6 pages of fine print!

These Secure Watch salesmen are the only ones worst than used car salemen.

Do not believe anything they say and do not sign anything they give you.
Jon

United States

#25 Sep 26, 2011
I am aware of the scams that have plagued our industry. I am a manager with Vector Security and IHC Security and we are opening a new office in Augusta. It is paramount to us that we as a company treat potential consumers with the utmost respect. Our home office is in Greenville, S.C. and I would invite anyone to look us up with the BBB. IHC Security is proud to have an A+ rating and we are proud to keep it that way. With respect to other companies out there, I do hear the complaints and realize that some of their practices are terrible. Our purpose is to make people aware our our product, their safety and how our systems can give them piece of mind about home security.
hey

Goose Creek, SC

#26 Oct 3, 2011
I worked for securewatch maybe if you retards actually sat down and read your contract not just what's on the front page but the back as well you would realize your to fault lesson learned this company is not a scam your just stupid for signing a legal contract without reading it.

“The Captain Has Been Drinking!”

Since: Sep 10

Everywhere

#27 Oct 3, 2011
hey wrote:
I worked for securewatch maybe if you retards actually sat down and read your contract not just what's on the front page but the back as well you would realize your to fault lesson learned this company is not a scam your just stupid for signing a legal contract without reading it.
Calling customers "retards" and "stupid" is a great representation of your company, the quality of your character and probably the reason why you don't work there anymore.
Bighands

Wallburg, NC

#28 Oct 31, 2011
I too worked for Securewatch, and while I really understand both sides, and the side of people being duped into knocking doors for little to no money, I do tend to lean towards personal responsibility. In a perfect world, you could take the person coming to your door completely at their word, not worrying whether what they are selling you is a scam or not and just judge them by quality, price, etc. As we all know, this isn't a perfect world. With Securewatch, we were definitely a sales-driven company. I got a job as an installer at first, and I have to admit I would be the last person you would want to install your security system, in that I had hardly picked up a drill before getting the job. It took me a long time to pick up on it, so for about a month I tried to do the sales thing. Yes, we get the whole pitch, written down, saying you get a free security system as long as you "keep up the payments". The sales people made money based on your credit score, meaning if you had a score over 624, the sales person made between $200-400, while the installer made between $75-100. The sales managers get bonuses for sales per month, special bonuses for daily goals sometimes, and as long as the person gets the system and has it monitored (your monthly payment), the salesperson will get their money for the sale a week or two after they come to your door. The biggest piece of advice I would offer is to not be allowed to be rushed into any decision. As an installer, what I hated most were "same days". This was where a salesperson would convince the homeowner to sign and get the salesperson right then and there, of course so the salesperson would make an extra couple hundred dollars. Problem is, on many occasions, we would be at our last job, and get a call to drive at least an hour away to this "same day", use our gas we weren't compensated for, and the homeowner would wise up and either tell us they had canceled, or get there and the other spouse would come home and call everything off, while we've already drilled a big hole in their living room for the security system they aren't getting. If you do some research, you'll see that Securewatch is growing exponentially, however there are class-action suits so there is no doubt there are issues. Again, whether it's the guy with a freezer on the back of the truck trying to make you buy $300 worth of steak and chicken, or the pretty lady trying to sell you a security system, DO YOUR RESEARCH!
james

Panama City, FL

#29 Nov 2, 2011
ive never had a problem with the secure watch promise i moved and guess what there was a brand new system waiting for me in my new house...If they were a scam then how do you stay in buisness...you people are stupid.."O its a scam watch out" sounds like a desperate attempt by a competeing dealer to bad mouth a company so they inturn can sell you there shitty system for half the cost...so go ahead and buy your cheap shitty system from someone else and when your house burns down or something else happens to your family only person you can blame is your self but when it comes to my family im stickin with ADT no matter who i got it from
Dave

Wilmington, NC

#31 Nov 17, 2011
Christopher wrote:
<quoted text>
To be clear, had you actually stayed longer than half a day of a three day training, you would have learned that we check crime reports, contact local police stations, and knock in neighborhoods that have had recent break-ins. If what you state is based on fact not used to scare an individual into purchasing (if you don't buy this, you will be broken into), it is not a scare-tactic. I would also state that if the company hires 9000 employees across 50 states (5 branches per state, 15-20 branches for heavily populated states such as Florida, Texas, California, New York with an average of 30 employees per branch), you would decrease the rate of unemployment nationally if only at the least 1%
No matter what you want to call it, it is unethically putting fear into a pitch. Paint a pretty picture around it all you want, but it is still fear and that is not a nice way to sell anything.

You are also completely wrong on the unemployment rate. it would still be no where near 1%
Dave

Wilmington, NC

#32 Nov 17, 2011
for those saying check BBB...

BBB was recently revealed as a scam as well.

there was a 60 mins episode last year on it as well as a 20/20 episode.

Dateline also uncovered BBB as well as SecureWatch.

Both are scams

NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM ANYONE THAT IS "AUTHORIZED"
Dave

Wilmington, NC

#33 Nov 17, 2011
james wrote:
ive never had a problem with the secure watch promise i moved and guess what there was a brand new system waiting for me in my new house...If they were a scam then how do you stay in buisness...you people are stupid.."O its a scam watch out" sounds like a desperate attempt by a competeing dealer to bad mouth a company so they inturn can sell you there shitty system for half the cost...so go ahead and buy your cheap shitty system from someone else and when your house burns down or something else happens to your family only person you can blame is your self but when it comes to my family im stickin with ADT no matter who i got it from
coming from a true idiot... so many in this world
what a dumb ass

United States

#34 Nov 25, 2011
this company is good for making quick easy money and they have hoes running around the cooperate office in knoxville. there is one named lindsey. she has been linked to 2 men and this hoe is married to a guy that also works for securewatch. if you want to make a quick dollar and sole ya oats at the same time. work in knoxville!
Joni

AOL

#35 Dec 1, 2011
JOB is scam SECURE WATCH wrote:
I called about this Customer Care / Admin / Clerical position and was offered an interview. I was told to bring a photo id, a resume and that the attire was business professional.
I researched the company prior to going to the interview and found that there were a number of complaints that this company was a scam and that they hire only door to door sales people. So, one hour before my interview time, I called the company and told them what I had read. I said I was not interested in a door to door commission based sales job and I just wanted to verify what the position was. The Secure Watch representative advised that the position I was interviewing for was indeed an office setting that works with their existing clientele. I decided to give the interview a shot, hoping that the comments on this company were incorrect.
I show up for my interview, dressed in business professional attire, and am greeted by a young man in sloppy khaki shorts and a wrinkled Secure Watch polo. Not exactly what I expected when I was asked to dress business professional. I handed him my resume and we began to talk about my background. He asked what I was looking for and I advised an administrative office position as advertised. He stopped me and said,“well, this is not an office job, it’s outside door to door”. I said,“So it’s outdoor cold calling sales?” He went on to explain that it’s not “sales”, they go door to door, with no appointments, just cold calling in “break-in neighborhoods”. They ask if they can put their sign in the people’s yard for advertising purposes and for that, they give the resident a “free” alarm system, and the residents merely have to sign up and pay for the monthly monitoring service.
I told him that I had called his company shortly before my appointment to inquire about the details of the position and told him that this was not what I was expecting.
I asked if it was commission based and he advised that they do give a $200 weekly base pay, then the rest is commission. Of course, then he stated that they are mainly looking for people to promote to management. And that a promotion could be as quick as 30 days. He also said that when he started he made $6000 per month. I told him it was falsely advertised and I was not interested. He handed me my resume back and said “thank you”.
Then on my way out, he asked if I was interested in an alarm system. I told him, no and that I couldn’t afford that. He said “Well, you don’t even know what it costs”. And I replied,“Well, I’m looking for a job, not an alarm system…and IF it costs, then I can’t afford it.” And, I left.
It’s just maddening to have a company advertise falsely, and have you waste your time and gas to go to an interview for a scam like this. If they were legitimate, they would advertise as door to door sales and allow people who are interested in that type of work to apply. I hope this will help deter anyone else who is considering applying to this company for an “office” position.
I have answered and ad on monster .com and it is for customer service. i just called and the guy set me up for a interview tommorrow.. i asked hime about the company and he sid it was a office just opening here in st.louis and my job was to respond to all incoming calls only no commission. now im reading your ad and not knowing to not go in?? im very upset to see this?
Your Grammer Blows

Winchester, TN

#36 Mar 17, 2012
@CAN YOU PEOPLE READ
Let's be honest...you needed an education more than you needed that job. You should have learned grammer in grade school.

“The Captain Has Been Drinking!”

Since: Sep 10

Everywhere

#37 Mar 19, 2012
Your Grammer Blows wrote:
@CAN YOU PEOPLE READ
Let's be honest...you needed an education more than you needed that job. You should have learned grammer in grade school.
Do you mean "grammar?"

It appears that your "Grammar" blows!
deal

United States

#38 Apr 20, 2012
Im a regional managers gf and ive worked for the company for almost a yr. We are completely legit, call ADT and ask them if Securewatch is a dealer for them and if what we do is legit, they'll say yes. You guys shouldn't blame us for what you think is a mistake. I've bought out 1000$ contracts and gave customers so much equipment that i make 0$ and still get charged wkly for the 500$ that Securewatch doesn't take care of for the buy out. Don't blame the company and say its a scam cause of "hear say" or your past mistakes or because of one bad apple in the company. If we were bad at all, illegitimate or scam artists than we wouldn't be around after 3 yrs.
@Dave..some phones auto cap every word. DUH! obvi you had nothing else to pick on that's why you stopped so low and said something about her words. Get a life.
deal

United States

#39 Apr 20, 2012
@bighands i agree that the installers don't get paid the best. I worked with the best install manager in the company in Miami and the best installers. And they were making bank!! The promotions dept does get bonuses but they don't get bonuses the way you are saying and for every little thing nor do they get paid a couple extra hundred for a same day contract, its $25 extra for a same day. Lol. With SD's is how you get your money, with us consultants going out there and busting our as to get us and y'all paid. And its not only based on credit score. Sweetie, there's a lot more. We do hire customer service because we want people that arent timid and shy, who can talk to people. We do have office jobs just not any where besides Knoxville, TN. I want each of y'all to go out and do what we do for a few wks. Get doors slammed in your face, chased by dogs, cursed out, etc you won't last or you'll be so in love with the money you can make, you'll stay. A girl in Greenville NC made 3000$, i know people in Miami, VA, GA and NC that are making a wkly check over $1500. Get it, tear em down, shake em up and money up!!!!!

“The Captain Has Been Drinking!”

Since: Sep 10

Everywhere

#40 Apr 20, 2012
deal wrote:
Im a regional managers gf and ive worked for the company for almost a yr. We are completely legit, call ADT and ask them if Securewatch is a dealer for them and if what we do is legit, they'll say yes. You guys shouldn't blame us for what you think is a mistake. I've bought out 1000$ contracts and gave customers so much equipment that i make 0$ and still get charged wkly for the 500$ that Securewatch doesn't take care of for the buy out. Don't blame the company and say its a scam cause of "hear say" or your past mistakes or because of one bad apple in the company. If we were bad at all, illegitimate or scam artists than we wouldn't be around after 3 yrs.
@Dave..some phones auto cap every word. DUH! obvi you had nothing else to pick on that's why you stopped so low and said something about her words. Get a life.
Your lack of professionalism and tact when you bitch at customers on the internet has secured the fate that I will never, EVER, use your products.

Please explain to your boyfriend why he is losing sales.

“The Captain Has Been Drinking!”

Since: Sep 10

Everywhere

#41 Apr 20, 2012
[QUOTE who="deal I want each of y'all to go out and do what we do for a few wks. Get doors slammed in your face, chased by dogs, cursed out, etc you won't last or you'll be so in love with the money you can make, you'll stay.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, you are so hard core...
Donna

Arcadia, FL

#42 Apr 23, 2012
Joni wrote:
<quoted text>I have answered and ad on monster .com and it is for customer service. i just called and the guy set me up for a interview tommorrow.. i asked hime about the company and he sid it was a office just opening here in st.louis and my job was to respond to all incoming calls only no commission. now im reading your ad and not knowing to not go in?? im very upset to see this?
Okay, Just like you, I answered an Ad only it was for overstock help. The girl answering the phone in Knoxville seemed very pleasant and personable, but now I to am wondering is it worth my time and fuel expenses to drive all the way out there, not to mention the time out of my day when I could be exploring legit opportunities....Who has time or money to waste?! I think I may pass on this since I really don't want to work for a company that rips people off anyway.....I'm desperate for a job but not at the expense of someone else's trust.

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