4 Important Tips to Avoid Locksmith Scams

4 Important Tips to Avoid Locksmith Scams

Locksmith scams are one of the biggest and most common domestic and commercial frauds, because of the necessity of the service and the ease of the scam.

Unless you book a reputable locksmith service such as BDL locksmiths in Chelmsford, you may be unlucky enough to meet a scammer, which is why it’s important to do your research, be cautious and pay attention.

Here are 5 important tips that will help you avoid locksmith scams.

 

Have a locksmith in mind

The best thing to do to avoid being scammed is researching a reputable locksmith in advance, such as BDL Locksmiths. Once you’ve found a local locksmith, have a look through their details to check they are a reputable company. Once you’re satisfied, store their contact details in your phone so that you’re prepared in the case of an emergency.

Ask for identification

Before allowing a locksmith to start the work, always ask to see a form of identification. Ask to see their certification, ID card or business card to prove their identity; there’s no harm in asking for ID if you have any doubts. There are many trusted locksmith services that provide valid ID proof in the first place.

Get a written estimate

Written estimates cover you from hidden fees and additional labour. If a locksmith is not willing to give you a signed written estimate, then do not allow them to start the job. Having a written estimate allows you to dispute their work and ensures they are a legit company.

Insisting on cash transactions

If a locksmith company insists that you pay in cash, 9 times out of 10 it will be a scam; all legitimate companies allow customers to pay in cash, cheque or credit. A company that pushes or requires you to pay in cash is not a legitimate company.