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Tips To Avoid Locksmith Scams

Tips To Avoid Locksmith Scams

Locksmiths are professionals that help you get into your home, office, or car when you’ve locked yourself out. While locksmith scammers are those who pretend to be legitimate locksmiths online and on the phone but in fact, they want to steal your money and gain access to your property.

Thus when calling a locksmith, it is crucial that you know the tricks to avoid getting scammed. We are giving you five important tips to avoid such schemes:

Unbelievable pricing

Low prices are always an advantage but if it seems to be unbelievable, you should be wary. Illegitimate locksmiths place advertisements offering super-low rates to catch the attention of their customers. But once the locksmith arrives and assesses your situation, the price increases rapidly.

Slow response

If it takes the locksmith hours to get to you even though on their website they promise a 10 to 20 minutes service call, then you should be suspicious. Chances they are not actually close to their service area or not localized.

Lack of consistency in appearance

When the scammer appears, he will likely not be wearing a uniform or an ID that would show he is employed as a locksmith. Also, the vehicle might not be marked or don’t have signage or a business logo.

So many excuses

When the fake locksmith begins to work on your lock, they will tell you that your lock is a high-security lock and can’t be picked. He will tell you that he has to drill the lock and he will replace it with a cheaper lock, but overcharge for it. While a skilled, professional locksmith will be able to pick a lock without drilling or damaging it. 

The locksmith seems inexperienced

If the technician who appeared seems unable to make a simple fix and causes damage to the door or lock in the process are all worrying signs of inexperience.

Cobra Locksmith has been helping clients in insuring their homes, businesses, and automobiles for decades. We are licensed and operated with experience in all facets of locksmithing. We handle rekeying to door repair and installation, access control, camera systems, and more. 

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