Sadly, where there is a vulnerable situation, such as being locked out of one’s house or car in an emergency, there are scammers looking to exploit it. Locksmith scams are unfortunately common and tend to target those who are most desperate and in urgent need of help.
Scammers use paid advertising on search engines, often offering incredibly cheap call-out fees that appear among legitimate locksmith listings. It can be very tempting to contact them instantly when in a stressful situation, however it is important to take some time to do some research first.
Do Some Research
Scammers often set up websites that look professional and legitimate at first glance. It is important to dig a little deeper and check for any physical shopfront listed on the website, as well as business hours and any social media accounts linked from the site. Checking reviews on their social media accounts and ensuring they are members of the Master Locksmiths Association of Australia (MLA) is also recommended.
Branded For Business
Reputable locksmiths will usually arrive in vehicles branded with their business name and details, as well as wearing a uniform or jacket with their logo on it. If the person arriving doesn’t have any visible branding representing the business you called, this should act as an alarm bell and it would be wise not to proceed with engaging their services.
Avoiding Locksmith Scams
The best way to avoid locksmith scams is by contacting a trusted service provider like us! We ensure all our technicians are very experienced and qualified, licensed, bonded and insured.. By engaging our services you can rest assured that you won’t get caught out by unscrupulous scam artists!