There are any number of scams in the locksmith industry at any given time. There is one however that is more pernicious than all others. This bait and switch tactic is designed to take advantage of people who might be panicked, angry, stressed out, and under pressure. These people of course are individuals in need of a locksmith. Lockouts can occur at one's home or outside of their vehicles which makes them vulnerable and easy prey for unscrupulous individuals.
"When people find themselves locked out of their cars and/or homes, people tend to panic...especially when the lockout occurs at night or when they are in unfamiliar territory. Frightened persons in an excited state are sometimes all too quick to make a decision which opens them up to locksmith scams. Bait and switch scams are the most prevalent in our industry and end up costing people in need of help a great deal of money and hassle." states Astro Locks owner Lior Freidstadt."
The most common of all locksmith scams involves a free quote that changes the moment a "locksmith" has finished their work. Suddenly the price of their services skyrockets and when you refuse to pay they hold your keys hostage. Some of these swindlers even go so far as to threaten customers with both litigation and immediate police action. While it can be difficult to spot a fraudulent locksmith, it behooves people to remain calm during lockouts and even spend a few minutes on their phones looking at reviews and asking for licensing, insurance, and bonding information when they eventually do call one of interest.
Mr. Freidstadt further adds, "Before you call a locksmith take a deep breathe and spend a few minutes doing a bit of homework. Be very wary of those without a business license and/or insurance. While you might get a quote that sounds great right away, don't be afraid to call that firm back after speaking with several others. Should you have the misfortune of dealing with a scam artist, know that they have no legal right to hold your keys nor your vehicle hostage. Do not hesitate to contact local authorities for help. Many times these people will give up and leave defeated. Whatever you do don't panic and don't get angry. Being vigilant in your search for a reputable locksmith is key in these types of situations so try to relax and take your time in choosing one.
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About Astro Locks
Astro Locks is a comprehensive locksmith service which operates out of Boston and serves the greater Boston area. It provides emergency lockout services that are available 24/7/365 as well as free quotes. Additionally, its customers pay no more for completed work than what was originally quoted.