Preppers often store gold, silver, and guns in their homes. Those items are strong incentives to burglars. This article will discuss how preppers can protect themselves from telephone survey scams that can help burglars break into their homes.
What information can help a burglar? Examples of helpful information include:
1. The times when members of a household will and will not be home.
2. Whether or not a house has a burglar alarm system.
3. The type of burglar alarm system that is installed in the house.
Telephone survey scams can give burglars this type of information. For example, a burglar might call a homeowner and claim to be a representative of a well-known computer company. In return for answering survey questions, the homeowner is told she can get free software installed in the house computer. A technician would stop by the house when a member of the family is home and would do the installation. After pretending to juggle schedules, the burglar will know when nobody is home. That is the time when he will strike.
Some of the survey questions he might ask could include innocent sounding questions such as:
1. What type of computer equipment do you own?
2. Does your home have electrical surge protectors for your computers?
3. Does your home have fire extinguishers to put out electrical fires?
When the burglar gets the homeowners relaxed and answering such survey questions, the homeowners might let down their guards and answer survey questions such as, “Does your home have a security system? What type is it?” The burglar is trying to find out if the doors and windows of your house are protected and how they are protected.
The easiest way to avoid scam surveys is to refuse to answer telephone survey questions. If homeowners want to participate in such telephone surveys, however, the homeowners should follow a procedure in which they:
1. Ask the caller to call back at an arranged time.
2. Make sure the caller gives the exact name of his organization.
3. Never use any contact details provided by the caller, because those details could involve contacting his partner in crime.
4. Look up the organization on the internet or in a phone book, and call it.
5. Ask if the survey is legitimate.
6. Assume that, if no such organization is listed, the telephone survey is probably a scam.
Knowledge is power. Do not give power to burglars.