Last week, we discussed how to identify fake locksmiths who meet you in person and will attempt to gain access to your home, business, or vehicle under false pretenses. They may also be unlicensed, uninsured, and untrustworthy. However, this week we will be breaking down locksmith scams. Fake locksmiths might run these scams, but not always. Here are some ways you can avoid falling for a convincing locksmith scam.
What Are Locksmith Scams?
Locksmith scams are how you will most likely encounter a fake locksmith. Newspaper ads and suspicious websites might claim they represent legitimate locksmith businesses. However, when you get in touch and arrange for a locksmith to visit you, it’s only a scammer. The scammer will proceed to provide low-quality work while gouging you for money. As we noted before, inflated costs for tools or labor are one such sign of a fake locksmith.
Once you realize that you have been taken advantage of by a locksmith scam, you’d have to contact a real locksmith to fix up the damage. Luckily, Village Lock & Key is here to help. Although you might think hiring a fake locksmith and being tricked by a scam is a one-time occurrence or the result of bad luck, it’s not.
How Would It Work?
Any locksmith scan operates in three phases. The first step is to capture customer attention. The second is to send a fake locksmith to that customer’s location. The final stage is to trick the customer. While actual locksmith companies might be in your area, they’d be harder to find due to all of the fictional businesses creating background noise. So what can you do next?
What Can You Do?
Perhaps you’ve realized you’ve stumbled across a locksmith scam. Here are some tips for avoiding their services:
Ask Questions: Fake locksmiths will refuse to answer direct questions. One tactic they might use is to answer your question with another question.
Press For A Quote: While you can’t expect a final invoice before the problem at hand has even been inspected, trustworthy locksmiths can give you an idea of how much they will charge you for their services. You won’t see such forthrightness from a locksmith scam.
Don’t Fall for Distractions: Scammers will attempt to distract and frustrate you so that you will be too upset to think clearly and will just want the entire situation resolved. Don’t let them do this to you.
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