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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Law - "Don't be scammed by a locksmith: Research carefully before hiring a locksmith for your car or home"

ConsumerReports.org talks about a scam that has been going on for years, but many people are still affected. Here is a sample from the article:

In some instances, the companies advertising these locksmith services go by names similar to those of local companies and use local phone numbers and bogus addresses. But the calls actually go to call centers in another city, warns the Federal Trade Commission. The locksmith, who might be poorly trained, sometimes arrives in an unmarked vehicle and demands significantly more than the price quoted over the phone. Payment often must be made in cash. Frustrated consumers, eager to get into their homes or cars, often end up paying anyway.
See also this article from the Federal Trade Commission. A quote:
Some who claim to be “local locksmith” companies have multiple listings (sometimes 30 or more separate listings in a single phone book) with different names. But the calls to each of these numbers go back to the same central number in a distant city where operators dispatch untrained individuals to do the job.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 15, 2014 11:41 AM
Posted to General Law Related