It is no secret that many North Americans fear that their water may be contaminated. In fact, 63 million Americans fear for their water safety.
In the face of this fear water treatment devices in the home have become a viable option for many.
But with the rise in demand for these devices instances of water testing scams have also risen with con men seeking to fleece concerned Americans. Here are some ways to avoid falling prey to these fraudsters.
Watch out for Any Claims of Government Approval
Some enterprising fraudulent sellers in a bid to grow their numbers will play on the government’s authority to increase sales. Any claim that the government has approved one specific method for in-home water testing is entirely false.
Some sellers will claim that the government now requires or urges the widespread use of water purification systems. That claim is also false.
Other fraudsters will yet tell you that the government has licensed a specific water purification system. Do not believe that misinformation.
Whenever you see an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration number on a water treatment product, do not be tempted to believe that it has been endorsed.
It is just a stamp to show that it has been registered with the EPA. Such a registration number is not indicative that the EPA has tested or approved it.
The government does not endorse any water treatment products or water tests. Protect yourself from such misinformation.
Do Not Fall for ‘Free’ Home Water Testing Scams
The first thing you ought to be mindful of is the fact that not every firm that offers ‘free home water testing’ is legitimate.
Many of these companies want to sell you whatever treatment device they have.
One of the tactics these fraudsters have devised is the door to door scams. Running this scam relies upon one essential insight into human nature.
The fraudsters know that there is no charge attached to testing your water at home. Since it is at no extra cost to you, and at the same time it is helping you keep your water safe, why would you say no?
You will lower your guard and let a company representative into your home to conduct the so-called test.
Allowing the person into your home is the biggest mistake you will make. As part of the test, they will add droplets of chemicals or tablets into your water.
They will have informed you beforehand that if your water turns color or forms particles once they have added the droplets or tablets it may be an indicator of contamination.
To escalate your fear, they might also add that the contamination they have identified for you (at no cost!) can lead to cancer. At this point, you are sufficiently alarmed and set up for the sales pitch.
As a solution, these sales representatives will direct you to purchase their water treatment device. And they will have built credibility in your eyes at this point due to a fraudulent ‘test.’
You will end up falling for the scam and purchasing a water treatment device that may not help you in any way.
Seek Professional Help If in Doubt
In-home water testing is not conclusive. It does not provide a rigorous and in-depth assessment necessary to conclusively determine if your water requires treatment and what system would best work for you.
As an example, in-home water testing will only check for hardness, alkalinity or acidity, color, iron, and manganese. None of these factors pose any harm to you.
Do not rely solely on feedback from an in-home water test to determine any contamination or pollution of your water. Seek professional lab testing for corroboration if you have a concern about your water safety.
Resist Pressure from Prize Promotion Offers
In this scam, fraudsters use gamification to get you to buy their product.
As a means of advertising their water treatment product, such cons will call you to inform you that you have been picked to win a costly prize. At times this news will come via mail.
The trick is here that for you to qualify for the prize, you must purchase their water treatment device. The particular device the fraudsters require you to buy will likely cost thousands of dollars.
In the end, you may discover that the prize and the water purifier are of inferior value. At this stage, you can’t claim a refund on the water treatment device.
When you receive such a call resist the pressure to decide on the spot. It is that momentary pressure that they count on to get you to lower your guard. Tell them to send you the offer in writing and peruse it carefully.
In the event they ask you to give your credit card number for ‘verification’ and ‘identification’ do not comply. You might receive unauthorized charges.
Side Step the Water Pressure Trick
Soft water has many benefits and in places where the supply consists of hard water installing a water softener system can be a gift.
Fraudulent salespeople are aware of this fact and target homes that have softeners installed with the water pressure trick.
When installing a water softening system, the water pressure regulator is installed first then the softener system.
When a salesman is trying to get you to buy their water softening device, they will often tell you that the high water pressure has damaged your water softening unit.
If you do not know how to tell if your water softening unit is damaged, you will end up buying their device.
A leaking water softening unit is the indicator of high-pressure damage. If it is not leaking, install a water pressure regulator if it’s missing.
Don’t Become a Victim
Millions of Americans have been exposed to unsafe drinking water. As a result, more and more people are growing cautious about drinking tap water.
It is therefore not a surprise that water testing scams are rife in most parts of the US.
Discount Filters understands the critical need to safeguard your water. Check out our water filters today and avoid getting duped.