Reading between the Lines of a Locksmith Scam

Written by Posted On Monday, 18 November 2019 20:58

If you have lost your keys or you locked yourself out, you know that it is frustrating. This is when you need an emergency locksmith and these days, it’s easy to get conned. There are many fake ones especially on the internet where they just put up ads and people get conned this way. It’s worrying the rate that these scams are growing.

It rewards to be careful when you are looking for lockout locksmiths online. First, you do not want to risk the security of your home and second you do not want to pay high prices. As you opt to search for one online, it’s vital to learn how to read between the lines.

  • Ask why they cannot give Price Beforehand

When you call a possible scammer, and talk about the price, most probably they will say that they can only give a quote once they see the scope of work. This is despite how much you explain to them what you need done whether it is rekeying or making duplicate keys. They still insist they want to see the amount of work involved.

  • Ask Why the Quote Varies from what they Initially Gave

While some will give a quotations beforehand, others will not and if the locksmith is a scammer, their quotes will vary. They will start talking about the scope of work that required sophisticated tools, working out of office hours and travel expenses. They can give any excuse just to increase their initial quote. They start giving excuses the moment they start working on your locks.

  • Check their Reviews

If they are online, they should have a blog, a website or social media accounts. Past clients express their experience on reviews. You can also check whether the business is a trusted one on BBB (Better Business Bureau) by checking their rating. The better the rating, the better the services you will get from them. The website indicates complaints and other information from public data sources.

As a homeowner who wants to safeguard their homes, they must ensure that they are working with a reputable and dependable locksmith. The problem is that scammers know exactly how to lure unsuspecting clients to them. As they get better in taking advantage of people, it’s good to stay updated on how to avoid such scams. You never know when you will need locksmiths’ services.

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