You locked out of your car or home, searched for locksmiths online and found a list of names. Search engine’s algorithm has instantly sifted through the possibilities and presented those that are near you and that have earned good customer reviews. Some listings will fit that description. But odds are good that your results include locksmiths that are not locksmiths at all.
These are call center companies that are offshore and sometimes out of state that use a hacking system to trick Google into presenting them as physical stores in your area. These are known as lead generators that keeps a group of poorly trained subcontractors on call. After your details are forwarded, one of those subcontractors jumps in a car and heads to your location.
The usual approach of a phone representative is to offer an estimate in the range of $35 to $90. But on site, these subcontractor will demand 3 or 4 times that sum and claiming that the work was more complicated than expected. Most consumers will just simply pay up without hesitations because they need to get into their homes or vehicles. Don’t let an unlicensed locksmith to work on your doors. The most important precaution for you to take in order to avoid hiring such criminals is to always and never fail to ask for a valid identification and a locksmith license when the locksmith arrives at your location.