Locksmith scam warning released

Jan 11, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Enid News

“They drill out locks instead of picking them or using more professional methods, then charge high prices to replace them”

By Violet Spader Staff Writer It's unfortunate to be locked out of house or vehicle, but it's even more unfortunate to be scammed in the process of getting back in. via The Enid News

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roy

Virginia Beach, VA

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Jan 15, 2008
 
i was scammed from asap-locksmith.com in Miami. it has 800 number and i don't think he is license in Miami at all any how got quote for lock out of $45 and end up to pay $350 cash cause they had "problems with the terminal of the credit card", be aware of these tricks

remember asap-locksmith.com 800-895-1368
Jim Dandy

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Jan 25, 2008
 
Locksmith scams all over
the US major cities.
USA Locksmith of Hackensack NJ
Depenable Locksmith (same company)
Complete Locksmith
Israeli foreigners
Using hundreds of phone numbers
with fake buisness names
MIke B

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Mar 1, 2008
 

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Yes beware of the phony Israeli companys. they are everywhere scamming consumers while the government appears to be sleeping
Steph

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Jun 21, 2008
 
I had this happen once when I accidentally locked myself out of my house. I called information looking for a locksmith.

I should have known something stupid was going to happen when the lady at the other end of the line sounded like she's from New York (i.e. the number wasn't local. I'm in Dallas).

It sucks... I later went looking around for a "real" locksmith. All the addresses I could find were someone's houses. lol There was only real shop.
Dismayed Doctoral Student

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Aug 25, 2008
 
Fellow Consumers,

You MUST know that on Saturday, August 16, 2008, a technician from USA LOCKSMITH charged me nearly $600 for what should have been a nominal fee for locksmithing services.

When I arrived at my Atlanta home from the airport on Saturday night, after two weeks in Africa, I had to call a locksmith to grant me re-entry into my apartment due to lost luggage that contained my house keys.

The dispatcher on the phone, RICHARD LAWSON, quoted me a fee of $55 for the call. The technician, named ABRUM, called for directions and confirmed the $55 fee.

When he arrived, ABRUM claimed that he could not pick my simple locks (which both required an identical key) and proceeded to unnecessarily DESTROY both locks. He then claimed that he could not leave them as they were, and quoted me a price of $75 each for replacing both unnecessarily destroyed locks. I was expecting to pay a total of $210 for the job, but when I asked for the total, the locksmith charged me $577.80! He REFUSED to return my credit card, never presented me with a paper bill, and to this day I don't have a single piece of documentation for the charge. My card was charged nearly $600 for the service, and he didn't even give me keys to one of the locks! Both of them were shoddily installed and had to be replaced the following day by a professional locksmith. I had to call the police, and I have filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

Again, the following day, I had to enlist the service of a professional locksmith of over 40 years who knew the SCAM quite well. My locks could have easily been picked, and they were unnecessarily destroyed. I have received the most evasive, unprofessional, and horrendous "customer service" from this company, which even hung up on the officer who needed to speak with them for my police report.

Please warn EVERYONE about this USA LOCKSMITH scam. I found this company on the internet from a kind neighbor's computer, and NO ONE SHOULD CALL THIS COMPANY EVER AGAIN!
mike

Palatine, IL

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Oct 17, 2008
 
They use 1000s of different names across the country.

Anyone experiancing these scammers shpould file a complaint with the attorney general in their respective state.

This is a nationwidw scam going on.
Lucky Me

Trenton, NJ

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Nov 18, 2008
 
I recently saw a locksmith scam story on the local new station. I recently made a call to "24 Hr Locksmith" which turned out to be USA locksmith. the service was actually pretty good and the price was a little steep but other than that i do not have any complaints. i even got the technicians number just in case i was locked out again.
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Mar 2, 2009
 
locksmith scammer has been uncovered

http://groups.google.com/group/locksmithinves...
Scammer Locksmiths

Norwalk, CT

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Dec 3, 2009
 
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Dec 3, 2009
 
Dismayed Doctoral Student wrote:
Fellow Consumers,
You MUST know that on Saturday, August 16, 2008, a technician from USA LOCKSMITH charged me nearly $600 for what should have been a nominal fee for locksmithing services.
When I arrived at my Atlanta home from the airport on Saturday night, after two weeks in Africa, I had to call a locksmith to grant me re-entry into my apartment due to lost luggage that contained my house keys.
The dispatcher on the phone, RICHARD LAWSON, quoted me a fee of $55 for the call. The technician, named ABRUM, called for directions and confirmed the $55 fee.
When he arrived, ABRUM claimed that he could not pick my simple locks (which both required an identical key) and proceeded to unnecessarily DESTROY both locks. He then claimed that he could not leave them as they were, and quoted me a price of $75 each for replacing both unnecessarily destroyed locks. I was expecting to pay a total of $210 for the job, but when I asked for the total, the locksmith charged me $577.80! He REFUSED to return my credit card, never presented me with a paper bill, and to this day I don't have a single piece of documentation for the charge. My card was charged nearly $600 for the service, and he didn't even give me keys to one of the locks! Both of them were shoddily installed and had to be replaced the following day by a professional locksmith. I had to call the police, and I have filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
Again, the following day, I had to enlist the service of a professional locksmith of over 40 years who knew the SCAM quite well. My locks could have easily been picked, and they were unnecessarily destroyed. I have received the most evasive, unprofessional, and horrendous "customer service" from this company, which even hung up on the officer who needed to speak with them for my police report.
Please warn EVERYONE about this USA LOCKSMITH scam. I found this company on the internet from a kind neighbor's computer, and NO ONE SHOULD CALL THIS COMPANY EVER AGAIN!
http://www.wtkr.com/news/wtkr-lock-expose-two...
Scammer Locksmiths

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Dec 28, 2009
 
Scammer Locksmiths wrote:
View These Video News Reports! http://www.aloa.org/pdf/pressroom.pdf
Scammer Locksmiths

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Dec 31, 2009
 
Scammer Locksmiths wrote:
<quoted text>View These Video News Reports! http://www.aloa.org/pdf/pressroom.pdf
http://www.locksmithwiki.com/lockwiki/index.p...
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