Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: Buckhead Atlanta, GA Metro Atlanta Locksmith Scam spreading across US

Buckhead Atlanta, GA Metro Atlanta Locksmith Scam spreading across US

Buckhead Atlanta, GA Metro Atlanta Locksmith Scam Spreading across US

When you need a locksmith, you need a person you may trust.  In Atlanta, Georgia, you have great choices. Try contacting Scott at G&W Locksmith 770-480-6510 - a multi-generational family business for about 40 years.

You could call
DOWNS Locksmiths 404-873-2515 - founded in 1900.

You could call 
Burt at Sandy Springs Locksmith 404-256-3780 These Scott atcompanies have extensive experience in both residential and commercial work.  Just the type of people Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty would recommend. Just the type of folks everyone could trust.

So imagine how surprised
Burt was when customers began to call and complain about being quoted one price on the phone and another when the "service man" arrived!  Some calls were double even triple what the person had been told!  To add insult to injury, many times Sandy Springs Locksmith had to go out and correct the work these impersonators had done.

outline of a keyApparently, since 2007, these ruthless advantage takers have been rampaging across the US.  Consumers would call what appeared to be local companies, promising "15 minute" response and reasonable pricing. NOT TRUE! The responders would arrive much later than 15 minutes and charged anywhere from two to four time the estimate given on the telephone. Time after time, the frauds perpetrated by USA Locksmith and Dependable Lock were traced back to one office, actually located in New York

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), our nation's consumer protection agency, offers a warning about locksmith impersonators. "...
some locksmiths advertising in your local telephone book may not be local at all. They may not have professional training. What’s more, some of them may use intimidating tactics and overcharge you.
"  In addition, the FTC offers advice on how to select a locksmithFollowing the links in this post will provide extensive information.

coat of arms for locksmith associationThe Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) the trade's professional association, offers a map with links to the offices in every state for the state Attorney General where consumers may report fraud.  If you or anyone you know has been victimized by these people, go to the map, click on your state and make a report. 

Remember -  in several states, members of this national disgraceful group have been prosecuted successfully.  Don't hesitate to report them!

The video below documents a sting operation conducted in Seattle and followed up in New York to expose these unscrupulous characters.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsLynn B. Friedman • May 29 2011 11:56PM


In order to avoid locksmith scam,  When the Locksmith arrives, ask for identification, including a locksmith license where applicable.  A legitimate locksmith should also ask you for identification to verify that they are unlocking a home or car that belongs to you. Use caution if the locksmith shows up in an unmarked vehicle, or one advertising a different business name than the company you hired.


Posted by Asaf ashkenazi over 3 years ago

The locksmith business seems to be a very lucrative one. In Paris France it is exactly the same story, in fact many Locksmiths try to get an address on a street name starting with an A to be at the beginning of the yellow pages and other directories !

Posted by Anne-Laure Touchard, Agent immobilier à New York - USA (Charles Rutenberg, LLC) over 3 years ago

Haha incredible same thing in Lyon France too ! It seems to be a global phenomenon !!

Posted by Anne-Laure Touchard, Agent immobilier à New York - USA (Charles Rutenberg, LLC) about 3 years ago

Nowadays it's hard to find a locksmith with good ratings & reviews. If you try to find a locksmith before the Internet all you could do is getting a good review from relative and/or family. So far it's been an interesting time but nowadays it's all about that online reviews. Reviews are being sold, artificially made & so on.
Only some of locksmiths can still be reviewed as a good ones but you cannot find much. That guy is one of them.

Posted by Jessica Fevantes, Freelance travel practitioner. Reader (Siccalenna Ltd.) almost 3 years ago

Locksmith licenses required by each state in this link. Surprising how few states have laws around this.

Posted by Victor J about 1 year ago

Locksmith Licenses. Sorry, bad link above

Posted by Victor J about 1 year ago