Internet Fuels Predator LocksmithsInternet Fuels Predator Locksmiths
Be very careful with who you call to let you back into your vehicle or home.
The internet is riddled with false posts and ads of predator locksmiths. Even YellowPages can not be a reliable source as admitted in the article below.
Never trust a locksmith that says they are JT’s Keys & Locks or uses any variation of our name. You will know you called the real JT’s Keys & Locks because we will always arrive with the proper logo and logo on our invoice.
More Tales of WOE After Calling Locksmiths Based On Online Advertisements
Bob Bell was tired of his front door getting stuck so at the age of 86, decided to search online for a locksmith. Ever since, he has been kicking himself.
Bell said, “I just did something on impulse that I have never, ever done before and I won’t do it again, I’ll tell you.”
Predator Locksmiths are using internet websites like YellowPages, using addresses that appear like they have a brick-and-mortar location, to fool callers.
An elementary school principle in Brampton Canada ended up paying more than $1,500 to get back into his residential home. That is because the predator locksmith pulled out a drill and bore a hole in his door and then charging the caller for extra locks he did not need.
A web developer in GTA, Joe Flores, said he is out $3,000 after someone hired him to make websites for 15 companies using similar names, all based on locksmith services.
“It wasn’t much to the design; it just basically had different pictures… I linked them all together so he would get better ratings on Google.”
The more sites he had up with the more city or town names in the title, the better chance he thought he had of getting the call.
Versions of the scheme manipulate Google searches to flood your computer or phone screen with numbers to 24/7 locksmith call centers that may or may not connect you to an actual locksmith.
“When your stuck – which is when you need it most times – you’re just Google searching and you don’t know what you are going to get,” Tim Pedersen said.
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Tales of woe after calling a locksmith based on an online ad.
Please beware of fraudulent locksmiths. If you call 602.369.1553 or 520.303.0122 and ask for JT’s Keys & Locks and someone else arrives and they don’t have our logo on their shirt, business card or invoice… it is an imposter and you should call 9-11 immediately.