Scammers using Legitimate Locksmith Company Names

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So what’s in a name?

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

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Scary examples of scam companies

One particularly scary example provided by one of our members is where work was done in a school by people purporting to be from their company, who were in fact nothing to do with them. They even signed in under the name of the company! The potential ramifications of having unknown, probably unvetted people in a school environment are terrifying.

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?

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Protect yourself your these so called ‘locksmiths’

The answer is to always double check who it is you’re dealing with. Get to know your local locksmith and put their details in your phone. If they’re an MLA licensed locksmith then you can easily check their details against their page on the MLA website. Ask the locksmith for ID and then verify their details. A legitimate locksmith should have no problem in you doing this, a scammer may struggle though.

Ask Questions!

Questions you need to ask to avoid being scammed

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1.  If  anything things sound a bit suspicious when you ask the locksmith for a ID then ask questions

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.

 

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