September 9, 2023

If you're dealing with an urgent problem, such as losing your keys, being locked out of your home or car, or discovering a door that needs immediate repair, it's a good idea to call a professional locksmith.

In a time like that, it is crucial to be aware that certain locksmith service providers available online are fraudulent and specifically target individuals who require immediate assistance at a reasonable cost. After all, nobody wants to pay for unforeseen expenses, especially those in a similar predicament.

A typical scam locksmith ad

How locksmith scams work

In most cases, it happens when you are looking for an emergency locksmith online using Google. The top search results show a locksmith website that promises “Only $15 service call, 15-20 min. response”

Clearly, it is an irresistible offer.

So you call the phone number on the ad, and they quote you a sweet deal over the phone.

But, once they’re there in person, suddenly, the story changes. They say the job is trickier than they first thought and that the price is much higher. If you try to retract, they might even turn on the pressure, nudging you to cough up that higher amount.

If you are locked out of your home, the locksmith will claim that the lock cannot be picked and needs to be drilled. They will then replace the lock with a low-quality one and charge you an exorbitant for the service.

how to spot and steer clear of these scams

They are not licenced

In British Columbia, a licence is required to practice as a locksmith, which is considered a security profession.
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Too Good to Be True Pricing

Many scam locksmith services lure victims with incredibly low prices in advertisements. When they arrive, they might claim the job is more complicated than usual and hike up the price

Always ask for an estimate before any work starts and ensure that the price matches the advertised or quoted amount.

Vague Business Names

Beware of locksmiths who answer the phone with generic phrases like "locksmith services" rather than a specific business name. Scammers often use ambiguous names to avoid being tracked.

Look for well-established locksmith companies with clear branding and a consistent online presence.

Lack of Proper Identification

A legitimate locksmith will always arrive in a branded vehicle and carry identification that verifies their affiliation with the company they represent.

Never let a locksmith start work without proper identification. It's okay to turn them away if something feels off.

Immediate Drilling Proposition

Fraudulent locksmiths may immediately suggest drilling your lock if you're locked out, as it requires minimal skill and can result in a more considerable fee for replacing the lock.

Most experienced locksmiths have the skills and tools to unlock almost any door without drilling.

In Conclusion

To ensure the safety and security of your home, it's crucial to select professional locksmiths who can assist you promptly at a reasonable price. Stay alert and avoid unlicensed scam locksmiths.

Vancity Locksmith is  licenced and insured . Our priority is keeping your family and possessions safe.

Call us now at 778. 888. 3180, we’ll provide an accurate estimate over the phone, as well as fast and reliable service to all of the Lower Mainland.