Avoid Locksmith Scams

Avoiding Locksmith Scams

Unfortunately, along with all of the honest and legitimate locksmiths here locally, there are a lot of “scammers” out there that are infesting our trade and giving all of the honest locksmiths a bad name. Here are a few ways to help you avoid the rip-offs and find a good, honest locksmith.

  1. Be wary of the companies with a big, splashy web presence. A lot of the scammers spend big bucks on internet advertising and often have multiple sites listed with phony addresses. While an 800 number alone isn’t enough to identify a scammer, most LOCAL companies have no need for one.
  2. If a company advertises a rate in their big splashy ad that is lower than everyone else then BE CAREFUL. If they say they will beat anyone’s price, then BE REALLY CAREFUL!
  3. When the locksmith arrives, ask for identification, before any work begins, including a locksmith license, business license, and insurance coverage.
  4. Get an estimate before any work begins.
  5. Most legitimate locksmiths will arrive in a clearly marked vehicle and in uniform.
  6. If you’re locked out, be cautious of companies that recommend or insist on drilling or replacing the lock up front.
  7. You trust your home, car, business, and even your family’s security to the locksmith you call – Be sure who you are calling!
  8. Verify that the locksmith you are calling is a member of A.L.O.A. (Associated Locksmiths of America) and that they are in the database at findalocksmith.com

Common scams

Society of Professional Locksmiths Scam Alert

Call Kurtis video

NBC news report

Sacramento Bee article

Consumer Reports article

Angies List video

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