What would you do if you accidently lost your keys to your home or your car, do you have an extra set, could someone bring you an extra set. What if no one was at home? If that were the case, first thought would be to call a locksmith, right? But who to call, first thought would be to google to find a reputable and trusted business to help you out. Going to Google is not always the best idea, from what I have read the first as there are ads that companies pay for that show up at the top of searches and those are not reliable, not to mention Google makes money on those clicks as well. And Google is doing better to screen out the scammers, but they still dont get them all. So word of caution is use a reliable source for finding a good locksmith, word of mouth is always great.
If you are needing a trusted locksmith, I would suggest the Better Business Bureau to search for Educational Consumer Tips on locksmiths. But be aware of scammers. From the New York times I read Fake Online Locksmiths may be out to pocket book too.
The Truth About Locksmith Licenses (Source GV Lock)
There are currently 15 states (and some cities) that require all locksmiths to be licensed: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. If you are in a state and the locksmith who shows up to help you does not have a license, he is probably a scammer.
What to do, if You’re the Victim of a Locksmith Scam
The Better Business Bureau
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a special office of the FBI that handles internet related fraud.
Your state’s Attorney General’s Office to complain about fraud or make a complaint against a business.
Your credit card provider or bank if you used your debit card or credit card.
Know the signs, know how to avoid a scam, and take action if you have been scammed.
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