Well, when it comes to locksmithing quite a lot as it happens!
We’re unfortunately seeing an increasing number of instances where websites and companies are being set up with names that are very similar, or in some instances are exactly the same, as long standing locksmith companies. This seems to be particularly prevalent where the company’s name refers to a geographical location, so where a town is used before the term locksmiths for example.
Companies try to fool customers
Other instances where companies are trying to fool customers into thinking they’re somebody they’re not is when they’re advertising using the address of a legitimate company. They tend to use generic locksmith type names such as The Lock Shop and then an address a legitimate locksmith trades out of.
How do you know your being scammed?
The first the company being scammed knows is a phone call, or somebody coming into their shop asking them about a job they haven’t done (a lot of the time with the customer wanting to complain about how bad a job had been done).
So not only has the customer been duped but the legitimate company have too. The customer may think they’re using a bonafide, well established, local vetted, inspected and qualified locksmith where as they actually have no idea who they’ve used, due to misleading advertising or naming of companies.
Some Recent Scary Examples
Of scam locksmiths pretending to be a legit locksmith
Another example we recently came across is MLA Licensed Locksmiths Capital Lock and Safe Ltd have been a victim of a scam locksmith advertising the same phone number and claiming to be trading within the same building!. To see more details please click here
So what can you do to protect yourself from this?
Questions you need to ask to avoid being scammed
2. Be sure you know who you’re speaking to and who it is that you’re getting to do your work.
3. If things don’t feel right then contact the legitimate company using contact details you find yourself rather than any they provide.