I got a call at home from a woman claiming to work for GE. She said GE made my security system, and wanted to confirm that I’ve had it at least 3 years. I said how in the world would GE even know that I had a security system made by them, I didn’t buy one from GE. Anyway, she said they were offering a special promotion to give me a FREE upgrade to my system. I asked what was the promotion, then she handed me off to the closer. This one repeated they would give me a free upgrade. So I started asking a bunch of questions, like who would install it, and clearly this threw her off her script and she just kept robotically repeating her first line. Then she said all they needed was some information, and I said what kind of information. She wanted to know a lot of details about my system. I said I wasn’t going to start describing my security system to a stranger who called me on the phone and hung up.
Both speakers sounded like they were calling from boiler room operations, lots of noisy voices in the background. They also spoke good English but had foreign accents, I am going to guess Filipino.
I don’t know how they got my number, because it’s unlisted. They asked for Mister <my wife’s name>, so it wasn’t just calling all possible numbers.
OK, so this has to be a scam, but what’s their angle? I don’t think they were trying to figure out the vulnerabilities in my system so they could rob me. That’s too complicated for common house robbers. I am guessing that either it’s 1) a complete swindle where I am going to send them some money to cover the administrative fees of a “free” system and I’ll never see my money or the upgrade 2) a sales scheme where they install some shit and then switch my monitoring company. 3) something more creative that I’m not smart enough to figure out.