Beware of the $15 or 15 Minute Response Locksmith Scam

Take it from me a Local Locksmith in Northwest Ga when it comes to locksmiths the guy with the lowest advertised price isn’t always the best deal. In fact, more often the not with these “$15 Locksmith Services” you usually get a whole lot more than you were looking for.

When you call one of these numbers that are advertising such low rates you are connected to a call center or a dispatcher who is most likely located in a totally different state. The dispatcher then tries to locate a “locksmith”, oftentimes a illegitimate one  who is likely unlicensed and uninsured, who can perform the required work for them. In return the “locksmith” is charged the $15 dollars as a referral or lead fee.  At this point the technician is already in the hole $15 dollars, therefore once he shows up to do the work he needs to charge you $15 plus what ever parts and labor fees he can in order to make the job profitable.

What usually happens is the locksmith will show up for lets say a simple lock out and then he will give you a song and dance about how the lock can’t be picked and how it needs to be drilled and replaced. He then will try to charge you $100 or more for a knock off brand that may of cost him $10, plus labor and the initial service call. Thus, once the technician is  done with his work he will hand you a bill that is two to three times the amount that a legitimate locksmith would have charged you for the same work.

The moral of the story is do your self a favor and avoid calling the guys who are advertising a low ball rate, since they are typically a bait a switch operation who are out to take you for a ride.

The easiest way to avoid being scammed by these criminals is to find a reputable, local locksmith before you need one. Program their number into your cell phone so you always have it handy.

Give us a call at 770-546-1990 and I can assure you that your call will be answered by a legitimate locksmith that can answer all of your questions and offer real world estimates for your repairs.

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