As scary as it may sound, Locksmith scams are becoming a part of our daily lives. Locksmiths target home and auto owners when they are at their most vulnerable state and in desperate need for help- in an emergency and needing immediate assistance.
Most of the times we feel that searching for a locksmith online is probably a smart decision. However, we could become a victim of fake or scamming locksmiths who are imitating legitimate ones on the online directories. The case is these fake locksmiths impersonate the local locksmiths and they don’t even have any local workshop. Sometimes these so-called locksmiths are not even properly trained and are operated through out-of-state call centers. Read more about locksmith Provo
A few cautious steps taken by you can help in avoiding a scamming company or an untrained impersonator.
1. “Local” is the Keyword
Do your research in advance. Take good time and do not rush with the search.
If a locksmith business is registered with a local address, Google the address and find out if any other business is registered with the same address.
Even if you are in an emergency, you should always be aware of the services that answer the phone with any generic phrase, such as “Welcome to locksmith services”. If the one you have called is unwilling to provide you a legal business name, you need to find another locksmith.
Also see if the companies are using any “800” number or a local number. “800” number can indicate that the locksmith you are calling could be an offshore call centre.
2. Check Identification and License
When the locksmith arrives at the destination it is important to ask for identification, including a locksmith license where one is applicable.
Out of all the states, only fifteen of them require locksmith licensing, making it a crime work or even advertise as a locksmith without valid credentials. Check if your state is one of the 15 states on Google.
3. Beware of low prices
Always get a quote on the phone before allowing any technician to meet you. Be skeptical of any locksmith providing unbelievably low price. Those are major red flags. Always ask about the labor costs, emergency costs as well as the service fees.
Never allow anyone to start work on the home or vehicle without having full knowledge of the expenditures you could incur.
4. There better not be any hidden charges
It is important to inquire if there are any additional charges, especially in case of emergencies.
A scamming company might also claim the lock on your home or vehicle is obsolete and it needs to be replaced. They will charge you an arm and a leg to replace the existing lock with one which they will say is a high-security lock but that seldom is the case. You could end up paying them to replace the existing good lock with a cheap one for a higher price.