Looking for directions on how to spot phony locksmiths? Unfortunately, there are locksmiths out there that are not honest nor professional. Simply picking a locksmith out of the yellow pages can be one of the worst decisions that you can make. As is the case when you are hiring any professional, you need to do your research ahead of time.
- Check Addresses. All locksmiths should have an address listed in the yellow pages. However, with phony locksmiths, that address will either not exist or there will be no physical location at that address. To check that you are not hiring a phony locksmith, use a reverse look-up service to check the address that is associated with the listed phone number.
- Insurance. Phony locksmiths can't be bothered to obtain insurance for their so-called business. It will not be a good situation if you hired a locksmith that does not have insurance and the locksmith causes damage to your property. To spot phony locksmiths, ask for proof of insurance before you hire the locksmith.
- Business Name. When you call a locksmith, the company should answer the phone by providing the name of their business. Phony locksmiths may answer the phone by simply stating "locksmith services." If you call a company and that company does not provide their legal name, ask for it. If the company refuses to provide a legal name, you have most likely spotted a phony locksmith.
Tips: If you hire a locksmith, ask for a business card before you allow the locksmith to begin working. In Alabama, California, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, you can ask the locksmith to provide a locksmith license. Phony locksmiths most likely won't be carrying business cards and they definitely won't have a license.