Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent: Why Are ADT Home Security Guys Scamming Realtors?

Why Are ADT Home Security Guys Scamming Realtors?

Now, apart from the fact they are probably violating RESPA by offering a referral fee of $200 to agents who cough up private and sensitive information about their clients, these ADT home security companies are alienating agents left and right. Except for the greedy and unethical agents, and let's face it, there are a few of those rotten apples in every profession.

I just changed my email to a new account as I am merging my business, and the existing email account stays with that business. I wanted a new personal email for friends. Well, somehow a rep from an ADT company found my private email address and has begun what generally amounts to a badgering campaign.

First the ADT rep emails to offer the buyer's agent a referral fee and asks for the client's information. They know the transaction recorded because they pull that data, according to Fidelity Title, from the County Recorder's Office. How they get the buyer's agent's name is beyond me, but they do. Then they track down the agent and begin harrassing.

Agents who don't respond to the first email get more after that, still begging for the client's email and phone number. Then, if the ADT rep is lucky, the agent will just fork over that private data. Which lets the rep then call the client and set them up for the ADT scam, which is they promise a free home security system in exchange for a long-term contract for security services. I've never seen anybody pay for a security system. They are always free, but it is not transparent marketing.

It is deceptive. It is the deception I object to.

And the harrassment from the ADT reps. This has got to stop. Which is why I'm writing this blog. The most recent culprit, well, I am reporting him to the Attorney General's office and to HUD as well as the Department of Real Estate. Everybody else should do the same thing. He had the stupidity to ask me to post a review on YELP and he gave me the link, of all idiotic notions.

And while you're at it, here is a new blog today about the disasters that happen when buyers hire inexperienced agents. You can read it in my personal blog today at this link: What Happens if You Do Not Hire a Sacramento Realtor With Experience?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments

Good to know Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1% . Even without this scam I've never trusted ADT.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 4 months ago

Elizabeth, I represented a buyer and we closed the transaction, six or eight different ADT reps reached out to me via email, phone and text.... needless to say I let them know in no uncertain terms never to call me and lose my contact information.. just like magic it worked...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

I've had my share of run-ins with security companies too, Elizabeth!  Also, I tried to click through your link to get the rest of your story, but I think it may be the wrong link.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

And here I thought it was only me, Elizabeth, who was being hounded by ADT. Had a call just yesterday. Blocked the number. Every time I get one of these I block the number and/or the email. They don't even listen when I tell them to stop contacting me.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 4 months ago

Good morning Elizabeth. This is new to me. Never experienced this in my career.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 4 months ago

Bob "RealMan" Timm I think most home security companies cause people grief in one way or another with their practices, but ADT seems to lead in this market in Sacramento. Every so often it dies off and then picks right back up again.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. Six or 7 of them called you? No idea how you got them to stop because when I ask them to, they often just get worse.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Sorry, I fixed the link. You're right, it was a link to market reports and not the intended blog.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Nina Hollander See, this is the horrible part. You're right in that they don't listen to you, and that is in itself in violation of federal law. Second, they have no right to contact you in the first place. You have no pre-existing business relationship with them. You are not their client. In fact, they are trying to BRIBE you, which is also against federal law, to fork over your client's private and personal information, which is ALSO against federal law. 

We have so many violations to hit them with, including a $10,000 fine for ignoring the DO NOT CALL registry. We need to all make time to pursue this and report these slimeballs, oh, excuse me,  I mean hard working individuals just trying to make a go of it in our economy, oh, please give me a break!

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Sheila Anderson Well, consider yourself lucky.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Hi Elizabeth... I think they bank on the fact that we see them as a nuisance and won't report them.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 4 months ago

Nina Hollander You give them too much credit. They don't think.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Elizabeth- good for you! It seems ethically wrong to me. And, I have to agree with Nina Hollander -they are counting on your not doing anything but hanging up the phone. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

Elizabeth, I explained to them that they do not want me to go to the next level....

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

                     

                              Thank you, Elizabeth.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

Interesting. I haven't heard from any ADT reps. Perhaps this is a local thing...?

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 4 months ago

Hello Elizabeth- - -yeah, they are just trying to make a buck but "annoying" has reached new levels.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Elizabeth, Here's how they're most likely getting the buyer's agent info.  It was a few years back in Oklahoma, same issue.  Buyer's agent tracked down by ADT.  In that case, the leak of info was tracked down to someone with admin access either pulling the info or giving someone at ADT direct access.  Fortunately the board there DID care and tracked down the leak source and shut it down.

I know similar has to be happening here in Cincinnati because the ONLY place the specific buyer's agent name is linked to a sale is in MLS.  It's not recorded info, and since it happens to me no matter the title company, I know it's not them.

I've reported it to my MLS more than once, but it doesn't appear they want to stop the leak bad enough to team with Rappatoni and figure out who is running the daily Sold reports and exporting the info.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) 4 months ago

Good morning Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1% ,

So glad to see Kathy Streib feature your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. They have been doing this for years and are annoying and deceptive. Good for you for taking action!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 4 months ago

Hi Elizabeth - I don't like ADT.  I much prefer more local companies and there are many good one.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 4 months ago

Good for you taking them on...if everyone did, it would put an end to things like this. 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 4 months ago

Kathy Streib I see you put a link in your comment but it seems to be broken and I can't see what it is.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Kat Palmiotti Yes, maybe it is more prevalent in California than New York. But just give them time.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Michael Jacobs They probably have no idea how annoying this slimy practice is. Most likely because they sometimes reach idiot agents who grab their $200. No shortage of ignorance.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Liz and Bill Spear I would not be surprised to discover it is MLS itself who is selling the data to ADT.

But it does not explain how the ADT guy got my brand new personal email that is not published anywhere, not even in MLS.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR Oh, so that's what Kathy was trying to tell me. That she published it in her AHA moments for the week. Oh, duh!!!

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Grant Schneider I had a choice when signing up for home security for our vacation house, and let's just say I did not choose ADT.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

Sharon Tara And because they are perpetrating this scheme through email, I will also report them to the FBI. If anybody else wants the address, here it is:

https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 4 months ago

They're not the only professionals to take things too far, unfortunately. I remember moving into a house and having a serviceman show up at the door unsolicited and sort of "warning" me that "all my neighbors on the block used ABC company and I didn't want to be any different, did I?"

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) 4 months ago

Elizabeth:

Yep I have been contacted multiple times in the last year by ADT (but other companies as well). I haven't reported anyone, yet, but blocked their numbers, and certainly would not share any confidential information.  Their offer of a referral fee is not something I want any part of.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 4 months ago

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