Is My Locksmith Genuine Or Just Trying To Scam Me?

Every day, U.S. citizens make 250,000 calls requesting the assistance of a locksmith, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Sadly, scammers have honed in on this emergency call out service and are setting up fake locksmith businesses with the intention of doing nothing more than fleecing you out of your hard-earned cash in your hour of need. So, when you’re locked out of your home, how can you be sure that that the locksmith you’re calling on isn’t trying to scam you?

Be prepared for an emergency

To be sure that the locksmith you’re dealing with is genuine, you should prepare for an emergency home lockout situation. By giving yourself plenty of time to scour the net, read reviews and choose a locksmith to have on standby, you can be sure that when the time comes to utilize their services, that they’ll be trustworthy, reliable and honest. It’s particularly advisable to prepare an aging family member in this way as seniors tend to be more trusting and are therefore easier targets for scammers. Some locksmiths have even come up with specific schemes designed to steal from seniors, which are similar to how financial fraud relating to savings or mortgages takes place. But, by being one step ahead, you can safeguard yourself and your family from common locksmith scams.

Bait and switch scam

When you’re locked out of your home, you’ll do anything to get back in as quickly as possible. The average locksmith in the U.S. charges between $75 and $100, according to Money.com. However, fraudsters know this and are using these figures and sometimes even more attractive ones to lure customers in. A locksmith who’s trying to scam you will then show up at your property, advise you that the work is more complicated than expected, and will quote you a figure typically seven to eight times the original estimate. But, rather than cough up, this is the time to walk away and to call upon a professional and legitimate locksmith who will treat you with the utmost respect and charge you fairly.

Key copying scam

Another common locksmith scam involves the con artist sneakily making a copy of your house key. He or she may do this when they ‘pop out’ for a part or by using a portable key copying machine which they have stashed in their van. They’ll then keep an eye on your house and when they’re sure that you’re not in, they’ll break in and rob you. To prevent you and your home from becoming victims of this scam, only ever use a fully licensed and insured locksmith. And, for extra assurance, avoid letting the key to your home out of your sight. When you call on a locksmith to help you get back into your home, you need to be sure that he or she is genuine. It’s, therefore, crucial that you’re prepared for such a situation to arise by spending time sourcing a licensed and insured locksmith who offers you a warranty and a quick call out time.

Only use reputable locksmiths

Be aware who is the locksmith company you choose, Below you can watch how locksmiths businesses doing tricks and charging you for unnecessary work.

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