Locksmith Scams - Be advised
Fraud and scamming are, unfortunately, part of he locksmith trade. The unbearable easiness in which anyone can advertise himself as "the best locksmith in the world" and then turn out to be nothing short of a low-life scamming thief is simply amazing. Most of the locksmith businesses are alright, but many aren't. There are a few questions you should ask any locksmith, that might help you find a true locksmith professional. Here are a few tips that will help you determine who's who.

Tips to protect yourself from locksmith fraud

» Real locksmiths have a license number, and have been approved by ALOA. Ask the locksmith to show you his license. If he mumbles anything about it being eaten by his parrot or something, show him the door.

» Ask the locksmith if he is bonded and insured. He's not? tell him to go away!

» Ask for an estimate before the job is done. Ask whether its free. That's important as any honorable locksmith business would always offer you free quotes.

» Does the business have a physical address? Some businesses don't even have that, which is a big tell on his professionalism.

» Pro locksmiths move around in custom vans. These will normally carry the name and logo of a real business, and be filled with all the tools and appliances a locksmith needs. If a locksmith turns up at your door, carrying nothing but a crooked smile and a run down screwdriver, send him away.

» Before any job is being done ask whether the job preformed is insured. If a lock replacement job is executed and the lock brakes down 3 days later - will it be immediately fixed, free of charge? decent businesses will give that assurance.

» Ask for an invoice. Always. Ask for it when you order the locksmith job, and if you are told they can't produce an invoice, or it'll be cheaper for you to get the job done without an invoice - hang up the phone.

» Do not trust advertisement, nor search engine positions. The top 10 results in Google for locksmith + location searches, those next to the map are packed with terrible spammish fraudulent locksmith businesses.
Don't take my word for it - browse through these posts in Google maps for business owners, reporting spam.

You'll find dozens of legit locksmith businesses complaining about Google's map results being filled with thieves and crooks.