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Locksmith Scams and how to avoid them

Locksmith Scams
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Ollie

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As a professional locksmith, I often come across people who have been the victim of a locksmith scam. In some cases, the customer is simply overcharged for a simple job. In other cases, the “locksmith” drills out the existing lock and installs an inferior one without the customer’s knowledge or consent. In still other cases, the “locksmith” simply takes the money and never shows up.

Locksmith scams are unfortunately all too common. That’s why I’ve put together this list of the top 5 locksmith scams and how to avoid them.

Bait and switch

This is when a locksmith quotes you a low price over the phone, but then changes the price once they get to your location. To avoid this scam, always get a quote in writing before work begins.

Switch and bait

This is when a locksmith tries to sell you an inferior product by telling you that your existing lock is damaged beyond repair. Unless you are specifically requesting a new lock, don’t fall for it!

Drill and fill

This is when a locksmith drills out your existing lock and then tries to sell you a new one. Unless you request this service specifically, don’t allow it!

Upsel

This is when a locksmith tries to sell you additional services or products that you don’t need. For example, they may try to sell you an extended warranty or insurance when neither is necessary. politely decline any upsells and only pay for the services that you requested originally.

No-show

This is when a locksmith takes your money upfront and then never shows up to do the job. To avoid this scam, only use reputable locksmiths with good reviews who require payment after the job is completed (not beforehand).

If you find yourself in need of a locksmith, keep these scams in mind and follow these tips to avoid becoming a victim yourself!

Locksmith scams are unfortunately all too common. That’s why I’ve put together this list of the top 5 locksmith scams and how to avoid them. If you find yourself in need of a locksmith, keep these scams in mind and follow these tips to avoid becoming a victim yourself!

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