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Are You Being Scammed

Are you being scammed by your Locksmith? This post illustrates the steps to follow to avoid scammer locksmiths. 

Unquestionably, in a security emergency you need someone you can trust, but there are unscrupulous locksmiths that use out of state call centers to dispatch their technicians. Moreover, these deceptive locksmiths take advantage of unsuspecting consumers to overcharge and perform substandard work.  Importantly, Local Locksmith is customer focused and we treat our customers fairly and have reasonable prices too.

Are Your Being Scammed? How to Tell if You’re Being Scammed by Your Locksmith

Not all local locksmiths are what they seem. Clearly, you must be careful who you trust to help in your time of need. Unfortunately, using an online search engine such as Google, turns up dozens of locksmith results. Unfortunately, chances are these results contain companies that use out-of-state call centers and are not really local businesses. Unlike legitimate locksmiths, the out of state or country call centers typically contract with unskilled locksmiths who hike the price for their services and perform questionable work.

Additionally, these unskilled locksmiths are usually unlicensed, uninsured and unskilled. That means that any damage they cause, has to be paid for by their customers. Also, since they are not licensed, you really don’t know the locksmith’s integrity.

Don’t Be a Victim – Beware of Being Scammed

How do you avoid hiring an unskilled call center locksmith? First, do your research and look for a locksmith before you need one. Secondly, check that the potential locksmith company’s location is actually in your area. Finally, when you call, use the following questions as a guide:

  • What city is the locksmith located in?
  • What will you do to get me back into my house or car?
  • Also, will you need to drill my lock?
  • Can you please tell me the exact process for what you will have to do?
  • Do I need to send you a picture of the lock?
  • Can you give me a fairly close price estimate?
  • What factors will cause your price to change?
  • Do you require cash payment or can I pay with a check or credit card?
  • Lastly, what’s the name of the locksmith who will be coming?

If the company that you called can’t answer these questions directly, don’t hire them. Obviously, a legitimate locksmith company is able to answer these question and provide valuable advice as well.

A New Angle in the Game

Unquestionably, there is a new angle to the on line locksmith business model. As a result consumers are fooled into believing they are hiring a local company when in fact they are not.

A company called KeyMe, places key duplication kiosks in local retail establishments. Undoubtedly, the main purpose of these kiosks is offer a brick and mortar anchor address for their online locksmith dispatch network. The locksmiths employed by KeyMe in the east valley, are often times not local to the community that they serve. The dispatched locksmith can be from over 50 miles away and take the money they earn out of our local community.

Nonetheless, since Google gives a higher ranking to physical location businesses, KeyMe shows up in search results higher than many local companies. This means that placing key duplication kiosks in existing local brick and mortar stores, bumps their presence in the Google rankings.

It should be noted that recently KeyMe changed their business name to KeyMe Locksmiths. This shows that they are trying to capture even more local market share.

Due to their business model, KeyMe is often unable to encourage many local locksmiths to be part of their dispatched network. As a result, KeyMe often resorts to hiring inexperienced locksmiths to run their service calls. Unfortunately, when one of their customers gets one of these inexperienced locksmiths, they quickly regret hiring KeyMe. 

Are You Being Scammed – Only Hire a True Professional

Finally, be very careful who you choose to help you in your time of need. Local Locksmith has been in business for 18 years and we are members of the community that we service. We are very experienced and put our customers first which means that we are the only real choice for locksmiths.

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