When you hire a locksmith to help you get access to your locked property, you are letting a stranger into your home, office or vehicle. The bad news is there are many individuals out there who pose as locksmiths, with the only intent of taking advantage of distressed customers who are quite vulnerable to potential theft, fraud, and other threats. The good thing is there are things we can do to lessen our risks of hiring a fake locksmith. The following are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
1. Know the business address. In calling a locksmith, make sure to ask for the business address. A fake locksmith, as what you can expect, will most likely use a fake address in attempt to make him look real. What you can do is to check the business address online through websites that offer phone and address matching services. Make sure that the number you called matches the business address that the locksmith has given you. This is one way of making sure that you are talking to a trustworthy locksmith and at the same time, can give you a good idea if the locksmith is indeed local. Hiring someone local is imperative in receiving timely services. You would also want to deal with local locksmiths because calls routed to contact centers in random areas would not really have an idea of who they will be sending out to assist you and this can place you at such high risks.
2. Check the company service vehicle. A locksmith for cars needs to travel to the site of the job. Check if the locksmith you called arrives in a marked vehicle, with the name of the company distinctively seen. If someone calls himself a locksmith but simply arrives in an unmarked vehicle, better be wary.
3. Ask for identification. This might seem unnecessary because any legitimate automobile locksmith will voluntarily present you his personal identification upon his arrival. However, if the locksmith does not automatically present one, make sure to ask for his proof of identification. In the same manner, a locksmith should ask for your proof of identification. This is necessary in verifying if you are indeed authorized to access the property.
4. Check the price quotes and invoice. If the automotive locksmith quoted you a price that is different over the phone and upon his arrival, it is best not to make any deal with that locksmith. Be wary of additional costs and fees that a vehicle locksmith might charge on top of what you have been quoted. Do not give cash to a locksmith who insists on having it up front.
It is best to only deal with responsible locksmiths. And now that we have an idea of what a fake locksmith is, we can be able to make better choices. The next time you need to work with a locksmith for you vehicle, home or office, make sure that you only deal with those that are of good reputation and who will not trick you into spending more than what you actually have to.