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Commercial, Automotive, and Residential Locksmith Services

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Beware of Bait and Switch Tactics

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 9:45 PM

Scammers, Fake Locksmiths, or Illegitimate Locksmiths (whichever you choose to call them) constantly us Bait and Switch tactics on consumers who find themselves in dire situations. They'll quote you a price and then increase that price ten fold once any service has been completed - most of the time requesting payment up front before doing anything!  I've had several reports of these people showing up to service a vehicle (for a replacement key), which is expensive enough to begin with - they'll tell the customer that the key doesn't work and that the ignition is damaged and needs to be drilled out.  They drill out the cylinder, charge the customer $400-$500 dollars and leave the customer to locate an ignition cylinder, then locate a Legitimate Locksmith to install the ignition cylinder and program keys (if necessary). Some ignition cylinders even come uncombinated and with no keys - so the customer ends up paying for these services as well.

What the customer(s) do not know is that there is no way to properly cut a vehicle key without key codes and these people aren't using any Scanning Diagnosic Tools (via OBD) or running a search of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) before inserting a key in the ignition and telling them the ignition needs to be replaced.  Reports indicate that they are showing up and inserting (or attempting to insert) Random Keys into the ignition and then telling the customer the ignition needs replaced (as the key obviously will not turn the cylinder).

It's only when they call me that they find out they have been Scammed out of several hundred dollars.

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