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Friday, February 15, 2008

SCAM ALERT: PHONY Israeli Owned Locksmith Compnanies Operating in the US

READ with CAUTION and do NOT become a victim of one of these shyster Israeli locksmith companies operating in the US.

From Rip-Off Report:

This story is from 12-1-2006 but it seems it has taken the media quite a while to catch up on this scam happening.

The locksmith ripoffs are REAL!!!

These counterfiet locksmiths are real. They are nationwide and spreading like cockroaches. I am The Vice President of the Illinois Indiana Locksmith Association and have bee tracking these gypse type ripoffs for more then two years. They have been impersonating locksmiths all over the country. It is so large and almost Mind boggling how widespread these phonys are. The are in every major city in the US. there are many of these companys springing up all over the nation and they are all some how related to each other. The common denominator is that they all appear to be Israeli run. Most of the employees are here on tourist visas. There have been some in texas that were arressted for acting as locksmiths without a license and it was found out their visas were expired and they were deported.

They are not small individual locksmiths but rather large organized crime type outfits.

the actual people who come out to homes to do the dirty work are employees that have been trained to ripoff the consumer. The actions and mo of all the individuals seem the same. They are taught to rip off the consumer by the big dog scum that run these outfits. There general scam is to qoute a service call price of usually 55.00 and then up the charge when they get there. they routinly will drill house locks and actually charge you extra to destroy the locks so they can rip you off some more by selling you a 5.00 crap lock for 100.00 or even 200.00. they use bait and switch pricing.

Verizon has deleted almost 100,000 phony locksmith listings from there online directory in the past year. They have also about a week or two ago actually separated there advertising from the phone company portion of the business. The new company is now called idearc. I can only assume this is a logical action to avoid the possible liability of what is going on.

If you want to do a test go to smartpages.com and search for locksmith and choose a city and or state. Example if you search locksmith and Pensylvania the first 1000 listings and even more are all two different scam locksmith companys. The addresses are all fraudulant. Try Miami florida, las angelas ca, and many other large citys you will see the same thing.

These phony companys are raking in millions each year. One of the newyork companys it has been said they are making 20 million a year.

I spoke to one of the employees at a state court hearing here in chicago. I was told by this scammer employee while engaging in some friendly intelligence gathering conversation that they have inside people at the yellow pages and they receive hugh discounts for the large full page ads they are placing in citys across the nation.

This is one of the scary parts they have a near monopoly on the cell phone 411 system. They have filled the data bases with so many phony address listings in most major citys that when you call 411 on your cell phone ( which most people do now)
you will get the same counterfiet locksmiths over and over again. you could ask for 10 listings and they will all be one of these scammers or another with some local adress that is phony. they use thousands of different names also. It is always the same 55.00 service qouted for a lockout and after they unlock your stuff the price goes much higher. These companys are really not in the rural areas but the are in just about all major citys from coast to coast and from top to bottom.

Some of these companys are as follows

superb solutions- Now known as Dependable lock
this company is in the bronx new york.
some of their aliasis
sos locksmith
speedway locksmith
priceline locksmith
always available locksmith
chicago-locksmith.com
houston-locksmith.com
miami-locksmith.com
( the citys go on and on with websites that use the citys name then a dash and then locksmith.com)
usatotalsecurity.com
they use hundreds of other names such as:
locksmith 24 hour inc.
24 hour locksmith
emergency locksmith
the names just keep going on.

These companys almost always ask for your zip code.

The next company.

USA Locksmith- aka prestige business solutions
teanick - New Jersey
many of their names look like this.
#0#0#0 emergency locksmith
01 01 01 24 hour locksmith
# 1 3 1 000 locksmith
there are an untold amount of combinations like this.
in the detroit suburban area they are using common names such as oniels family locksmith, townsquare locksmith, and many more.
This company has untold thousands of phony addresses and listings all across the united states.

Another company is called:

Golden locksmith solutions - Chamblee georgia a suburb outside of atlanta.

They use names such as :
A locksmith
papa locksmith
24x7 locksmith and others

THESE ARE JUST THREE THERE ARE MORE!!!

IF you want to see a collection of some of the news storys around the country you are welcome to go to http://www.aloa.org/and click the phony locksmith link on the home page and it will give you a page full of news links all over the country.

ALOA stands for associated locksmiths of America.
Unfortunatly some of these scam outfits are using the alao logo in their ads. we are currently trying to stop this.

Some of their full page ads say they belong to the american locksmith association and there is no such association.

I am sorry this rebuttal was long but this is about as short as I can make it and it is just the tip of the iceburg.

I am a locksmith and I tell you our industry is under seige by con-artists. It seemed to have statrted in new york.

Some of these companys are also in the following businesses.

Towing ( from what ive seen on the east coast)
carpet cleaning
florists

THE common Denominater is they all seem to be Israeli foriegners.

Make sure you go to aloa.org and you will see and become a believer that this is real and not former disgruntled employees or the compitition.

MIKE Bronzell
VP IIL

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In California where I live, all locksmith companies MUST be licensed, and individuals working for LICENSED locksmith companies who have undergone RIGOROUS background checks must also submit to criminal background checks with the Department of Justice and the FBI. Read HERE on those facts.

WARNING: when using a locksmith, it is BEST to go to a locksmith which is KNOWN and in your neighborhood, a locksmith that you have actually SEEN at a location which has been there for quite a while. These Israeli rip-off artists are just that, RIP-OFF ARTISTS. Furthermore, your SAFETY is at stake here. NEVER allow a shady locksmith to come in to your home!

Here is an ABC News story posted on Youtube January 24, 2008 about these SCAM companies.





Here is another report telling you exactly what to look for and the methods these companies are using to scam you. (added to youtube September 23, 2007)






Notice: In this video the woman says she was suspicious because the "locksmith" showed up in an unmarked private car, NO uniform, and requested that the payment be made out to him. If ANY of these things happen to you, first, do NOT let them in, second, if possible, get the license number on their car and make and CALL THE POLICE to notify them because you are NOW armed with this information. (added January 24, 2007)

UPDATE: (I don't know how I missed this article-so just in case you don't think these are ISRAELI locksmith scammers, check this out :

From YNet:

Israeli company cons Chicago residents

Bronx-based Israeli locksmith company facing two lawsuits for alleged consumer fraud, after they manipulated phone listings with false addresses and charged customers with unrealistic high prices (source)




18 comments:

locksmith New York said...

It's wise to seek out a good locksmith before you actually need one, to avoid being a victim from fraudulent individuals.

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Anonymous said...

They can't run from the *67 + their # => Keep Calling as they can't stop or they have to shut their entire system, which is a pro scam system, yes you have the good name for them, the phony, but as meaning as they are using some PBS that can't even fight against *67, so, if they are scamming => you could get hold of one of their numbers and make them to take or shut down.
Do it if they ...

locksmith Gloucester said...

I am happy to see these services. Thanks, for posting.

Sam the Scam Crusher said...

check out these scam artist locksmiths in Atlanta.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZOsjX8Fh5s

Locksmiths Dublin said...

It is good to hire a reputed Locksmith company because you can't believe any local person but if you hire a reputed company then it will responsibility of that company to prevent you from any scam.

Locksmith Toronto said...

Thank you for helping to raise awareness of this issue plaguing our industry. Unfortunately these locksmith scammers have also set up shop here in Canada.

We've been in business serving as a Toronto locksmith more than 25 years and thank our loyal customers.

More info on these fraudulent scammers here:
http://www.asaplock.com/fraudulent-locksmiths/

Ray
ASAPLock.com

Keyman @ Keys Locked In Car said...

Excellent article - remember, there are a LOT of things that can be done after the scam as well (Work with the BBB, Attorney General, or credit card company).

We just posted a full article about steps victims can take after the fact here:
http://keyslockedincar.net/

Keyman

tifany underson said...

This is sad. We rely on these people to give us security and they turn out to be scammers.

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Anonymous said...

Locksmiths Create a fake name address and birthday get a yahoo e-mail. create a google profile with this identity. Every chance you get gon on google places listings and report these scammers with there fake addresses and po boxes.do it every day for a couple of months then watch them backlash by calling real locksmiths scammers on real reveiws on Google places! Small price to pay! Then click each one of theyer sponcerd google listings 3 times a day! Create several Identitys! and always clean your temp internet files after each session! Beleive me it works but it takes time! Before you know it The scammers will be clammering for the border to go back to isreal before you know it!

locksmiths dublin said...

It is good to hire a reputed Locksmith company because you can't believe any local person but if you hire a reputed company then it will responsibility of that company to prevent you from any scam.

Moe Satriani said...

Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams out there. I was hiring a locksmith in Toronto and I had to research companies for a long time before I felt confident hiring one. I think that on of the best things that you can do when hiring a company is to check the reviews. Thanks for the great article.

Robin said...

Locksmith reviews on various sites are absolutely not dependable. These scam artists flood them with wonderful reviews of themselves. ALOA is an excellent source of finding a reputable locksmith, If you need a locksmith in your community then find one who has been in business and has an actual REAL address. These scam artists are putting legitimate locksmiths out of business. Call me naive to make such a simple statement, but I find that totally immoral.

dokan sam said...

Locksmith is a person who focuses in locks. A lock is a device that secures buildings, rooms, cabinets, objects etc. Thanks for good posting.
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Anonymous said...

And then google will take ur ip and sue u

casey evans said...

There are industries that are operating illegally for they can collect more money by not spending it more to get a license and to avoid tax compliance. Locksmith is our biggest options in terms of emergency for they have the knowledge to unlock the doors or any safety deposit boxes. Make sure that if you hired a locksmith service try to check if it has a license or permit to operate a business.Be careful always.

timothy brad lane said...

on my part, i have done background checking before acquiring the services of locksmith and other service providers. looking at their website, insurance and license of the company are ways to check their credibility. an emergency auto locksmiths 24-hour in phoenix az has passed these requirements and their service was excellent.

Anonymous said...

Here is an idea for all the locksmiths out there fed up waiting for law enforcement: publicize the phone numbers and license plates of locksmith scammers. Suspected Seattle locksmith scammers can be found at Seattle Locksmith Scammers tumblr blog. People can find out about the scam by looking up the phone number of the guy who called them. If they got ripped off they can find information on how to get their money back and find out the real name of the business that ripped them off and leave complaints with the BBB.