ABC 6: Locksmith Scammers
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#1 Feb 3, 2014
ABC 6 INVESTIGATORS: Crooked Locksmiths ...- Columbus
3 days ago ... Investigators exposed a locksmith company that employs out-of-town workers and uses misleading tactics to drain customers' wallets.
#2 Feb 3, 2014
Best of all ... They were foreigners and one of them was wearing a beanie on his head. A Christ killer from Israel!
#3 Feb 3, 2014
COLUMBUS (Tom Sussi)-- ABC 6 Investigators exposed a locksmith company that employs out-of-town workers and uses misleading tactics to drain customers' wallets. The investigation started with a tip from a viewer. A Hilliard mom accidently locked her keys in her car, and she didnít have a spare. While online, she found a company that advertised reasonable rates. "Their website said $19 for a service call and $25 and up for the lock pop,Ē Dee Holleran said.ďI figured I would be looking at $45 to $50." Instead, she said she paid $152 and change. Holleran said the locksmith blamed the bloated bill on her carís security system. That car is a 2007 Saturn Vue.ďHe said it has a max security system and it's very complicated." Holleran said the dealer who sold her the car had "never heard of such a thing." ABC 6 Investigators called the same company Holleran used to unlock her car. Our producers used four different vehicles, none of which had any special security systems. We also had a veteran locksmith inspect them. Frank Reed of Columbus Locksmith said more sophisticated security systems are usually in "luxury cars," such as a BMW or Lexus. Yet three times, technicians told our producers our vehicles have high-end security systems and would have to charge us more money to unlock them. The average cost was more than $100. In comparison, Broad and James Towing charges a flat-rate of $59.00. Twice, the technicians told our producers they would have to charge more than $100 because the vehicles had power locks. Reed, however, said power locks make the work easier. In each case, the technician spent an average of just 93 seconds to unlock our vehicles. When confronted by ABC 6 Investigators, two employees said they were only responsible for service calls and did not set the prices or handle customer complaints. They both maintained they did not know who runs the company or, for that matter, where itís located. ABC 6 Investigators did learn that they have ties to a locksmith company in Texas that has an F-rating with the Better Business Bureau. Locksmiths are not licensed or regulated in Ohio, making investigations into business standards more difficult. The BBB offered a few tips for people thinking about hiring a locksmith:- Make sure the business has a name that can be researched, a physical building or local address.- Ask the company for references.- Be wary of generic online advertisements promising low rates.
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#4 Feb 3, 2014
Out of town employees is not a bad thing. The screwing she got could have happened with local employees as well, especially if they were baptists.
Bet she wishes she had Triple A or something like it through her insurance
#5 Feb 3, 2014
Just bust out a window (rear side window preferred), unlock your car, and drive away. When you get home, call your insurance company and tell them you were driving down the highway and a truck threw something up and shattered the window.
#6 May 16, 2014
Beware!! These same guys are still out there!!! Only pay or accept service from locals only!! These guys charged me $125 to unlock my 1998 toyota camrey!!! I filled a heavy complaint with ODMV,Da and immigration since they all illegal with no working or staying permits!!
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