A couple of months ago, I went to a city-wide Child Safety Fair. Among the displays and demonstrations which taught things like fire safety and car seat safety, were booths which helped to sponsor the event. One of the booths was handing out information for child id kits, where your child's fingerprints etc would be taken for the just-in-case situation where identification would be helpful (the scary stuff we never want to think about). I gave them my information so they could send me the free kit.
I didn't hear back from the company until two days ago when I received a phone call.
Of course, when the representative called me, the kids were running around acting crazy and loud. That's my excuse anyway. They called to make an appointment to come see me and my husband in our home to get our kids' fingerprints etc. It threw me off, because I expected the kit to come in the mail for me to fill out, but I was off guard, and I made the appointment.
And then I had time to consider it...
I called them back today before our scheduled appointment. "I'm confused why you need to come into my home, and what exactly is your company's name again?" It was a life insurance company salesman whose purpose was to try and sell us a policy. The "free child id kit" was their foot in the door.
I am writing to let y'all know about this, what I consider to be, scam. I'm glad I listened to my instincts and called the company back before I let the salesman into my home.
I know there are legitimate federal programs out there that take child fingerprints for safety databases. I assumed that because I was at the city sponsored safety fair that this was one of them. That is where I went wrong. I consider myself very protective and savvy when it comes to stuff like this. I am humbled that I almost fell for it. Almost.
Do you have experience with legitimate child id resources? Have you ever been scammed?