How Can I Protect Myself From a Locksmith Scam?
Locking yourself out of your home or car is one of the most frustrating things to happen. However, it can also be dangerous. When you are stressed out thinking about finding a locksmith and panicking as you likely have somewhere to be, you might not be thinking straight. This leaves you vulnerable to common locksmith scams that thousands of people fall victim to every year. So, how do you protect yourself from a locksmith scam? Keep reading to learn more about the signs that you are being scammed by a locksmith and how RBM Lock & Key can help.
- The ad and price seem too good to be true
- The call is vague
- The locksmith is not outfitted with company apparel
- They demand cash or debit, especially upfront
We are always attracted to low prices, which is what scammers rely on. If an ad price seems too good to be true, it probably is! Be wary of any ads that say “starting at” with a price listed as this means there will likely be costly add-ons once the “locksmith” comes out to service you.
If you call the listed number and are met with someone answering by saying something generic like “locksmith” or “how can I help you” without mentioning the name of the company you think you are calling, this is also a sign of a locksmith scam. These calls go to central answering services who then dispatch a “local locksmith” that is likely not qualified for the job.
If the locksmith arrives without a marked vehicle, ID badge, or company branded apparel, chances are that they are not a legitimate locksmith and you should call someone else.
If the locksmith that arrives demands cash or debit payment, that should be a big red flag. Credit card charges are easier to trace and refute, which is why the scammers want to get the cash and get out, leaving you no recourse to recover your funds.
The best defense against scams is to be prepared by programming RBM Lock & Key into your phone!
The best defense is a good offense and that means being prepared! Locksmith scams work because they prey on frantic people in desperate and often time-sensitive situations. The way to protect yourself is to do the research before you get into an emergency situation. The good news is that RBM Lock & Key is here to help. We have over 51 years of experience and can help when you find yourself in an emergency situation! Program 909-980-3448 into your phone today to proactively protect yourself.
To learn more about the reliable and quality automotive, residential, and commercial locksmith services that we offer, visit us on the web at RBM Lock & Key.