Locksmith Verification Process
Our Verification Process!
In order to verify all of the locksmith companies that are listed on our website are legal locksmiths, we utilize a combination of several techniques. We verify that our locksmiths have a valid locksmith license, if their state requires such a license. We also verify the locksmith has a valid business license within their state and city and if they maintain a liability insurance policy. Then we verify whether or not the locksmith has numerous complaints against their company.
We then use our local retired law enforcement officers, and our existing legal locksmith members to help us in verifying that our locksmiths are truly in business and have an appropriate service vehicle. Many of the criminals ripping off the public are using fake addresses and showing up in their personal cars. Showing up in a personal car is not always a sign you are doing business with a questionable locksmith. There are several additional investigative techniques we will use when verifying our locksmiths. You should always take preventive measures, which includes requesting a written quote of the work to be done before having any service professional in any field, perform any work at your home, business or on your vehicle.
What is a scammer or also known as a phony locksmith?
Let’s clarify one thing right away and that is that the imposters out ripping off the public are not locksmiths any way so the term “phony locksmith” really does not apply. Locksmiths spend countless hours studying and perfecting their craft and these imposters learn less than 1% of the trade, which is just enough to fool you into thinking they are legitimate. In fact, there are hundreds if not thousands of unscrupulous individuals out there that have been posing as locksmiths. When in fact they are just the opposite and are only interested in one thing, and that is ripping off you the customer. There have been tens of thousands of complaints to local and federal law enforcement agencies stating these people have ripped off the general public with a variety of scams.
One of the most common scams happens when you lock your keys in your car. You go to your local yellow pages looking for a locksmith to help you out. Most people tend to call the locksmith with the biggest ad thinking that they should be honest when in fact many of these giant ads (not all) are placed by the very people who are offering a bait and switch scam . When customers call these companies they are usually quoted a very low price over the phone only to be hit with a bill extremely higher than the quote they were originally given.
To avoid being ripped off there are some precautions that you can take in order to protect yourself. The first thing is to make sure that you are dealing with a legal locksmith. Our website will help you locate a legal locksmith in your city. Please note there are many legitimate locksmiths that are not on our list at this time becuase they are not aware of us yet. When you contact a locksmith make sure that you ask for a quote before they dispatch a service truck to your location and be sure to request and receive a written quote before the locksmiths performs the service. Once a service vehicle arrives at your location, be sure to check the locksmiths credintials and once again remember to have the locksmith give you a written quote. With this quote in hand you will know up front what you are expected to pay. You will also be able to show the local police what you were quoted in the event you are hit with a bill higher than your quote.
There are several local and national stories that have been written about phony locksmiths and their scams. We have provide some links on this website, which will take you directly to these stories by reputable news sources from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNBC News, AARP and many others. Click Here to see the dozens of news stories that have been reported on these scams.
It is not enough that our country is battling the phony locksmith scams, but now there is another scam that is just as deceiving and is scamming thousands of Americans. They are called, “Copycat Locksmiths”, which are basically individuals who have decided that instead of spending years building a business of their own, they will copy an established local locksmith who has built a successful business and earned the trust of the public in their communities. One copycat situation, which is going on now is happening in Coral Springs, Florida.
Richard’s Locksmith and Safe company has been in business for more than 39 years. Owner Jack Rothberg noticed a few years ago, someone was advertising a name very similar to his and advertising an address, which was only one block away from the real Richard’s lock shop. The copy cat address is actually a Chinese restaurant that has nothing to do with the copy cat locksmith. Jack thought all he would have to do is notify the authorities and this problem would go away. But to Jack’s surprise, there was not much that would be done about this crime, plus because he reported the crime to the police, he was retaliated against by the copy cat locksmith.
The copycat came by Jack’s shop and shot out his van windows, cut his gas lines and put and bullet through Jack’s shop window. Being the security professional that Jack is, he caught the entire crime on video. The copycat locksmith was arrested, but so far has never spent a day in jail. If you would like to see the video of this crime, you can click on the link below and watch the local NBC story, which aired in south Florida. We can honestly say that this copy cat locksmith case is the worst we have ever seen here at Legal Locksmiths.com.
These copycat’s are now popping up all around the country and the public needs to be aware of what is happening. If you feel you have been a victim of a copycat locksmith incident, whether you are a consumer or a locksmith, we would like to hear from you. Please click here and fill out our complaint form.