How ADT Victimized Me

Updated on June 3, 2016

ADT Victimized Me

I never imagined signing up for home security would leave me a victim. Property stolen from my home, money stolen from my bank, and federal law violations are all what I suffered as a result of saying "yes" to ADT.

It's not often I turn to my blog to share negative experiences with businesses. I believe most issues can be resolved by speaking directly with its representatives.

In this case, I was wrong.

After nearly 2 months, countless calls, and an unresolved BBB complaint I decided sharing my experience may not right the wrongs of ADT, but it may save others from the same experience I had.

Summary of ADT's Actions

ADT stole property from my home

ADT stole money from my bank account

ADT pulled my credit without authorization


No, of course we won't run your credit.....

On April 5th, I called ADT to switch from my current provider to a new one. I felt I could get a better monthly price by I called around.

The ADT reps explained their discounts, and how I 'qualified' for over $1,000 in 'free' equipment.

After discussing the plan I would be getting for $27.99 a month, the rep asked for my personal information including my social security number.

I asked why ADT needed that and she stated to 'secure the special offer'.

I asked if ADT would be running my credit which would result in a hard inquiry and I was told by the representative "no, it's a soft inquiry".

I asked why that is even necessary considering I wasn't applying for a line of credit with them. She explained utility companies and cable companies do it often to validate information and it would not appear as a hard inquiry.

I reiterated four times (per their audio recording) that I did not want my credit affected. I have worked terribly hard to get my score up to near perfect and hard inquiries affect it.

She promised they would not. So I provided the information, paid $99 plus tax, and set up an appointment.

You must give express consent to a company for it to make a hard inquiry on your credit (FCRA)


Remember that $27.99 a month.....well.....

When the technician came out to install the system, he brought a folder with him.

In it he showed how the $27.99 a month we discussed would not give me wireless coverage or smart phone access (insert eye roll the very reason I went with them because the price was lower and the wireless and smart access was 'supposed' to be part of the system).

I wasn't surprised by the tactics and had to agree to a $52.99 a month rate for those features. It would also be another $138.07 in equipment.....ok....I paid.

The tech installed the system, made a pile of my old system's gadgets that I had previously had in my home, and was on his way.

ADT's sensor failed within a few hours

A couple hours later a sensor fell off my window. I attempted to put it back on, but the sticky tape was not sticky so I called them.

20 minutes later I was still on hold.

This was their first impression. Their sensors failed, and I was placed on hold for more than 20 minutes...not very reassuring.

Frustrated by the long hold and faulty sensor along with the misrepresentations made by the representatives about price and service, I decided to rescind the contract within the 3 days we are all permitted.

They told me I had to fax the request to cancel.

I did.

I waited 4 days and heard nothing. So I called them.


If you want your money back, you'll need to wait a month or two

I spoke with billing, customer service, and corporate to determine when they would be coming to get their malfunctioning system and refund my money I was told it could take up to 30-45 days to refund.

I asked why so long, and was told it was 'their process'.


When I realized ADT stole from my home

I set up an appointment for an ADT rep to come take their equipment while I called my former company to come reinstall the items and start back service with them.

While I went through my inventory with them over the phone, I realized all my 2GIG sensors were gone. The ADT rep stole them.

If you don't know what 2GIG is, basically you can buy your own sensors online that are 2GIG and use them with MOST security companies and avoid their higher costs for the sensors. ADT does not use 2GIG devices, but they are desirable because of their compatibility.

So I called ADT back and was transferred to corporate to report the theft of MY property that I paid for.

She never returned my call.

A firm must obtain authorization to access your financial account ONCE, and additional authorization to make 'recurring withdrawals' from your account. (EFTA)


After realizing ADT stole from my home, I get more notices...from my bank and my credit report

During the same time I realized I was a victim of theft, I received an alert that my credit report had a new HARD inquiry...from ADT.

Additionally, I received notice that ADT had taken an additional $92.51 from my account (I had already paid the $99 and the $138.07...and I was supposed to be getting a deal for 'free' equipment...)

So I immediately called them to report the additional issues and informed them they violated the Electronic Funds Transfer Act ( EFTA) by debiting my account without authorization.

I also informed them they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by pulling my credit without authorization.

The representatives were not knowledgeable or helpful. I then turned to the BBB and filed a complaint. Called my bank and disputed all three charges, and contacted my credit bureaus and submitted disputes for the inquiries.

This took a considerable amount of time.


BBB response--you're right....we were wrong

I received a call from corporate and they listened to the recorded messages and agreed I had asked numerous times about a hard inquiry and the rep 'misinformed me' that it would not appear. They agreed to remove it. (To date, is has NOT been removed).

They also stated they saw the disputes on the funds and would be returning them (They did not voluntarily return them, my bank had to take it back).

They needed to investigate the theft.

In the meantime......

ADT rep came to take their equipment, but I wouldn't let them until they returned mine

A different rep came out to take back the equipment. I explained I would not be returning their equipment until their rep returned mine.

He literally stole my property from MY home without my permission. This equipment is not cheap and I paid for it.

The rep called corporate and they asked if they left the same equipment that he stole if that would suffice. I responded ONLY if it is 2GIG compatible, otherwise it will not work with my system.

The rep stated it was 2GIG so I agreed based on that information.

My new company said "ADT lied...these are useless"

When my security company came out they stated not only did the rep lie and state the devices were 2GIG compatible, the ADT rep also RUINED the former control box and they needed to add additional equipment to make the system work.

I replied to the BBB complaint and let them know that nothing, so far, was resolved.

  • The funds were not voluntarily returned.
  • My credit was still showing the inquiry.
  • They still had my 2GIG compatible devices and left ones that were useless.

The BBB responded that the company closed the complaint.

It was not resolved.

I was not really surprised at this point.

I called and was told to call back and speak with legal in 'two minutes' when they opened. She wouldn't even put me on HOLD.

I called back, they sent me to another department, then another, then another.....6 reps later I gave up.

I called back over the course of several weeks.

I needed my devices back or the money to replace them. I needed my credit report updated. I needed these violations addressed.

I finally reached a rep in customer service.

She was completely disinterested. She stated she would send a gift card for the cost of the items.

That was it. about a sorry we stole from you? Screwed up your credit? Lied? Nope....they were shameless.


I never knew what it felt like to be a victim until I let ADT in my home

I am not restored.

Although I received the gift card to re-purchase my sensors, it took me two months of fighting.

My credit still shows a hard inquiry that will remain for 2 years.

I spent hours and hours on the phone.

I suffered the violation of being a victim of theft and received no apology for it. None.

ADT let me know what it would feel like to have an intruder in my home.

ADT let me know what it felt like to be a victim of theft.

It's a terrible feeling.

That's why I cancelled with them.

I feel much safer now.

I hope if you're considering contracting with ADT, this helps in your decision.

Do research on your own, too. Google other customers' experiences.

Do you have experience with ADT (good or bad)? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Questions & Answers


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        Linda Hunsicker 

        7 weeks ago

        They lied to my 80 year old mother and I was there. The sales guy kept trying to push her into more than the $27 per month. I told him forcefully no. Don’t do anything ,ore than the $27. Never was a contract mentioned. When she called the bank about a $52 charge, it was ADT. She called ADT and was informed that was what signed up for for 3 years. She’s on a fixed income and ADT is a predator taking advantage of elderly people. I am planning a lawsuit and am willing to pay more than the cost of the contract. I’m that mad. They’re going to wish they’d never come to her house. I might lose but I’ll be writing editorials and calling every action line I can find.

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        2 months ago

        They lied to me and told me I would have a contract of 6 months. Well they lie to me and sign me into a 3yrs. Now I tried to cancel it out and they told me that they will do it. They did. But they chantged my account for 1040 USD. I initiated a dispute with the bank and they return the money and now transfer me to a collection agency. I am really disappointed of them and for sure wont use their services anymore.

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        19 months ago

        Was this an adt authorized dealer? Because it doesn't sound like a corporate tech, all these examples sound like an authorized dealer, there's is a difference between corp and authorized dealers and I am wondering if the tech acted was one.

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        2 years ago

        This was a HUGE mistake signing with ADT. These criminals illegally took $71.64 out of my account. The day they took it out, I spoke with a representative Alexus and was told it would be fixed and put back in my account. The next business day I noticed they never gave me my money back. I called and spoke to Ashley who said there was nothing in the system that I called and spoke to anyone. At this time I am FURIOUS!!!!!! She also said it will take 7-10 business days to get a refund!!!!! They stole money from me and I am DONE!! I asked for a cancellation and now going through that crooked process. I will warn everyone on my Twitter and Facebook not to EVER get with this CROOKED, THIEF of a company!!

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        Deb Hirt 

        2 years ago

        I used ADT years ago, but never had the problems that you had. I had a few different ones, but nothing as atrocious when I was living in DE through their NJ Division. Perhaps you should file with the state to get their license rescinded from operating a business in your state through the Attorney General's office.

      • Tara Mapes profile imageAUTHOR

        Tara Mapes 

        2 years ago

        Say Yes To Life, I'm glad it helped!

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        Say Yes To Life 

        2 years ago

        Thank you SO MUCH for the warning! I voted no in your poll because I've never tried to use ADT. Thanks to your article, I never will! I'm glad you at least got the gift card!

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 

        2 years ago from Beautiful South

        Well, Larry, if they want in bad enough, they'll get in. A few years back some men actually used a glass cutter to cut a hole in the glass of a 1950s picture window in our city and crawled through it to burglarize the home.

      • Tara Mapes profile imageAUTHOR

        Tara Mapes 

        2 years ago

        Thanks for reading Larry!

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        Larry Rankin 

        2 years ago from Oklahoma

        The truth is this sort of thing happens often. I just stick with good old door locks.

        Wonderful expose.

      • Tara Mapes profile imageAUTHOR

        Tara Mapes 

        2 years ago

        MizBejabbers, I was surprised they permitted it to be published as well only because I didn't know what to expect with this type of topic.

        I'm glad it's been helpful. I've received the same reports from others on social media so at least my poor experience may help others.

        I cannot believe your experience! The company didn't cover it? I would have fought that tooth and nail. How sad!

        A lot of good providers are self install nowadays. So it's much easier....

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 

        2 years ago from Beautiful South

        Thank you Tara for being courageous enough to write this warning for everyone to see. I'm surprised that HP allowed you to print it because, Heaven Forbid, we should bring out the truth about a big corporation. I certainly will not do business with them after reading about your experience.

        I don't trust alarm companies anyway. We had blind tenants move into a piece of our rental properties who asked if we would allow them to install, at their expense, an alarm system. To make a long story short, the tenants kept complaining that their bedroom was hot, then the ceiling fell. We discovered that the alarm installer had disconnected the duct work from the boot to give himself a little room, and then not reconnected it. Of course the alarm company disavowed any responsibility for the damage and accused the tenants of causing it. As if my blind tenants could crawl up into the attic and disconnect duct work, and it cost us a new ceiling.

      • Tara Mapes profile imageAUTHOR

        Tara Mapes 

        2 years ago

        Peter, it's definitely a fuel, but I have preferred in the past to keep it private, maybe submit a review. But this situation was so violating. Can you believe it? Not just their actions but the nonchalant attitude!?

        I felt compelled to help others. Especially after reading ADT customer reviews who shared similar experiences with their credit. I put my vigilante hat on and pulled my keyboard close:)

        Thank you for reading !

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        Peter Alexander 

        2 years ago from Pittsburgh

        also- when I first started writing on here, I used my angst with certain situations to write about. Keep up the good work!

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        Peter Grujic 

        2 years ago

        Good article- nothing wrong with using this format about negative dealings with businesses. First, it allows you to vent which is important and you are helping other people who might be thinking of utilizing this business. I certainly will keep this article in mind should I ever need a system such as yours- thanks!


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