It’s happen daily. Someone gets locked out of their home, business, or car and jumps online or grabs a phone book to find the nearest local Locksmith Hialeah. They think that they are calling a company located down the road, but in actually they have reached a dispatched centre in Hialeah, which is dispatching an unqualified technician with no past experience and dollar symbols gleaming in their eyes.
It’s a horrible scam. The customer is vulnerable and they know this. Most of the people are willing to pay the outrageous price for a few reasons; they just want to get back in, they are scared of this individual, or they just do not know the facts. Most locksmiths charge less than $100 for that service. Some people have been charged almost $2,000 by these scammers. So what to do to stop it?
First of all, if it has already happened to you REPORT IT! Don’t just give up after you have been taken by these companies call your local police station, the better business bureau or your local selectman. Enough complaints will eventually spark an investigation and these phonies need to be exposed.
Second, find a locksmith before you actually need one. Almost anything is possible with cell phones these days, so it’s not hard to store a phone number in your phone as “Locksmith” just in case you need one.
Third, does a little research before you select a Locksmith? It’s almost a definite that the first locksmith you come across will be scam. Legitimate locksmiths are not spending nearly the amount of money on advertising as these scamming companies, so it takes a little more effort to find a real one, just dig dipper.
Fourth, when it comes to payment, the scammers are usually non-committal. A professional on the other hand will be willing to give a written estimate of the costs which form part of the work agreement. The unethical locksmiths will try to inflate the prices once they begin. They know they can press you to pay exorbitant fees if they threaten to compromise your security locks. Shopping around to know the market rates can help you prepare for what to accept in terms of payments.