Beware of Shady Locksmiths!
Posted on Monday, November 28, 2011
Has anyone seen this on msnbc "Shady Locksmiths" - definitively a problem!
What I hate the most is the false $15-50 locksmith ads and then they charge 3-10 times more then what they should!
Consumers Warned of Locksmith Scammers
DALLAS, TX - Consumers are warned to beware of individuals posing as locksmiths who perform unnecessary work or charge exorbitant un-locking fees. The Associated Locksmiths of America, Inc. (ALOA), an international association of locksmith and physical security professionals, recently issued an official warning for the (city) area.
"This scheme entices locked-out consumers with large Yellow Pages ads that give the impression you are calling a local business," says ALOA's Executive Director, David M. Lowell, CAE, CML. "These companies manipulate listings with multiple false addresses and phone numbers to make them seem like a neighborhood businesses. In actuality, the victims frequently are calling out-of-state operations that are not locksmith companies at all. The consumer is quoted a reasonable price over the phone, but when a person posing as a locksmith finishes the job, the victim is charged a considerable amount more for unnecessary and sub-standard work".
ALOA has created a checklist for detecting a company that may be engaging in this scheme. "Make sure you do a little investigative work first," adds Lowell. "If you’re not comfortable with who’s coming to help you, the chances are you may be dealing with a scammer."
For more info or to find a legitimate locksmith go to www.aloa.org