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Don't Fall For The Locksmith Scam
Every day, up to 250,000 emergency calls are made to locksmiths nationwide...
The busiest time of the year for locksmiths is during the holiday shopping season when hurried shoppers lock keys in their vehicles at shopping malls.
And judging by an online search and the Yellow Pages there's plenty of help nearby.
A quick online search by BBB, within a three-mile radius of Opry Mills and Rivergate Shopping Mall, reveals 8 locksmiths listed online. The addresses include a trade school, grocery store, bank, and several retail stores. However, only one is for an actual locksmith; the others are fraudsters waiting to get your call.
The prevalence of fraudulent locksmiths with an 800 emergency telephone number, connected to a call center is a scam that is growing nationwide. The locked out consumer is quoted a price as low as $15-$25 and assured that a locksmith is in route.
The fraudster arrives in a van or a personal vehicle with no business signage and after inspection announces they can’t open the door unless they drill or break the lock and install a replacement.
The price escalates to $150 or more and demanded in cash.
Here are some tips to help you protect yourself — and your door:
START WITH TRUST... find a reputable locksmith before you need one.
- Get a list of BBB Accredited Locksmiths at our web site gobbb.org
- Get references from friends and neighbors
- Store Locksmith contact details into your cell phone
- Be cautious of locksmiths who arrive in unmarked cars or vans. Legitimate locksmiths usually have a van with the company name.
- Ask for an ID with name and address. Associated Locksmiths of America members carry a membership card and can be vetted at 214-819-9733.
*Tennessee is one of only 14 states that require locksmiths to carry proof that they are licensed.
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