Back in 2018, CBC News reported on a Calgary landlord who found herself in a frustrating situation with a locksmith. After receiving a bill for $773.85 for a job that was initially quoted at around $300, the locksmith refused to provide an itemized invoice to explain the discrepancy. This story prompted an outpouring of tips from individuals who had also fallen victim to unscrupulous locksmiths engaging in price gouging, intimidation, sketchy business practices, and even property destruction. Concerned locksmiths also voiced their dismay, noting that these practices give the entire industry a bad name and made us want to help you avoid scam locksmiths.
Unfortunately, consumers continue to face a range of scams and cons perpetrated by unlicensed locksmiths. Some of the most common tactics include fake businesses, phony invoices, credit card trickery, and the unnecessary removal of locks. These scams not only harm individual customers but also legitimate businesses within the industry.
The scams work by flooding business-finding services with a multitude of faux business listings. All of the phone numbers of these listings eventually link back to a single operation, usually without a legitimate address or license. The descriptions will be similar to legitimate locksmiths, accompanied by similarly misleading advertising, and usually quoting an unusually low price. The person who turns up may perform shoddy work and then overcharge for the service and parts. Since the customer never knows the real business or people involved, at best they can ask for a single phony listing to be removed - a process that takes time and does not negatively impact the scammer much, as they can simply create more fake listings. Tips to avoid a scammer locksmith
Avoid unrealistic service charge. $19.95 service call is too good to be true.
Service techs working out of the trunk of the car of an unmarked vehicle are likely illegitimate.
Check for a "real" address. Many scammers uses what seem to be real addresses but are usually empty lots, gas stations, schools, etc.. Check Google maps!
Confirm the company name by phone and ensure they don't just answer with "locksmith"
Don't hesitate to ask questions and if you feel uncomfortable then call someone else.
Generally a locksmith will charge a minimum of $75-$100 for a service charge.
If you do fall victim to a scam or con, it's important to report the incident to the appropriate authorities. This can help prevent others from experiencing similar issues and may also help you recover any losses or damages incurred.
As the locksmith industry continues to face challenges related to fraud and unethical business practices, it's important for consumers to stay vigilant and informed. By taking the time to research and select a reputable locksmith company, you can help protect yourself and your property from harm. About Us: Durham Regional Locksmiths provides security solutions for your home, auto or business. Areas We Service Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Clarington, Bowmanville, Port Perry, Courtice, Uxbridge, Toronto, Markham, and Scarborough. Business Hours Monday - Friday | 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM 24 hour Emergency Locksmith Get In Touch! Durham Region: 905‑728‑9218 497 Simcoe St S, Oshawa, ON L1H 4J9 firstname.lastname@example.org
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