The New Locksmith Scam to Avoid
- by: 24Hr Lockouts
- in COVID-19, cowboy locksmith, locksmith scam, safety tips
The COVID-19 lockdowns have produced a new scam in the locksmith industry. We at 24 HR Lockouts want you to know about this problem so you can avoid getting taken. This new type of scam is called the cowboy locksmith. They promise quick-fix solutions during an emergency, which is when you are most vulnerable. These so-called cowboy locksmiths then threaten to keep you locked out of your home unless you pay them outrageous fees.
If you are locked out of your home or have been broken into, you will already be feeling worried and threatened, so the last thing you will need is the added concern of choosing a scammer. After all, a locksmith’s job is to improve your home security and provide the reassurance that you and your family are protected. How do you avoid cowboy locksmiths?
Don’t Rely Solely on Paid Ads
Searching online is generally the easiest way to find a tradesperson, but beware of clicking on those sites that only appear on paid ads – i.e. the first few ads at the top and bottom of each page of search that are clearly labeled ‘Ad’. While it is only normal for reputable local locksmiths to want to advertise to reach their target audience, the most trusted them will also have visibility in organic search and through local map listings. Cross-reference to ensure you’re not being scammed.
Check the Locksmith’s Location
Many locksmiths might advertise to be found in your local area, but without being based there. Check their website to make sure they have a local address. Still, in this digital world, many trusted locksmiths do not keep a physical shop. They should be willing to discuss this with you upfront and provide the address listed on their license. No address, vague contact information, or a lack of a landline phone number should ring alarm bells and you should avoid these locksmiths.
Beware of Very Low Prices
If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! When a locksmith quotes you a ridiculously low price or is very vague about what work they will be carrying out, then you should be wary of using them. At 24 HR Lockouts, though we endeavor to keep our prices low to make our services accessible to all, we will also happily explain everything we need to do, so get in touch to find out more.
Read Locksmith Reviews
When you have found a locksmith online check out their reviews, not just the ones they have supplied via their website, but more importantly the ones they have collected via Google or another third-party review service. This should give you a good indication of their experience and trustworthiness.
Contact 24 HR Lockouts
The best way to avoid a rogue tradesperson is to make sure you keep the details of a trusted locksmith to hand. 24 HR Lockouts technicians are skilled, highly trained, and licensed in all areas of locksmithing.
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