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PHOENIX -- Summertime scammers should have Valley residents on full alarm.

Not all door-to-door salespeople trying to set you up with a home security system are really trying to protect your best interests.

"They should have an Arizona state license from the Arizona State Board of Registration," said Susan Brenton of the Arizona Alarm Association (AzAA). "If they don't, that's a red flag."

Brenton said you also need to make sure they're a credible company, and that they don't try to rush you into signing a contract.

She also warned against anyone who tries to claim your current alarm company isn't around anymore.

"There are some (people) who come around and say, 'I saw your sign and we happened to purchase your alarm company, and we'd like to upgrade your alarm.'"

If that happens, she said to close the door and call your current security provider to verify.

Brenton said legitimate representatives will not engage in deceptive, misleading, unlawful or unethical business practices.

Click here for more scammer tips from the AzAA.

Jeremy Foster, News Editor

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