Beware of locksmith scams

Warning signs to watch out for

Published On: Sep 23 2012 08:40:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2012 05:40:00 AM EDT

For most homeowners, there are a few life events that call for the services of a locksmith:

  1. When you're moving into a new home (or someone in the home is moving out) and
  2. When you've accidentally locked yourself out of your home or car.

A locksmith is a professional contractor who specializes in entry systems such as locks, door knobs and other security features. Today, a modern locksmith may offer much more expansive technologically advanced products such as closed-circuit TV monitoring systems, residential fire and burglary alarm systems, remote keyless entry fobs for cars and digital access systems.

While most locksmiths are likely reputable contractors, a number of scams have cropped up over the years from locksmiths who offer emergency lockout services. Often flooding phone books with local listings, these sham locksmiths often don't carry the licensing or credentials required.

Angie’s List Tips: Be on the lookout for these warning signs:

“Beware of locksmiths that show up in unmarked cars and not in a company uniform and if you ask for ID they fail to deliver it. If any of these scenarios happen you should choose another locksmith," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Angie’s List Tips: Picking a locksmith