Tips on How to Avoid Common Locksmith Scams from Pop-A-Lock of Minnesota

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The single, best way to avoid being scammed by a locksmith is to do your research before you actually need one.

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Beware of the 'too good to be true' low price scammers will offer, it usually is.

There are several things that homeowners and drivers can do to ensure the locksmith they employ is legitimate so they don’t become the prey of a scammer.

When a consumer calls a locksmith, the first thing to notice is how the call is answered. If the person answering the phone says something general such as ‘locksmith services’, hang up. A legitimate locksmith will identify the name of their company. The reputable locksmith will discuss the services needed, provide a quote over the phone and will stand by the quote once the work is completed with a receipt showing all charges. Beware of the ‘too good to be true’ low price scammers will offer, it usually is.

Also, check the yellow pages of the phone book. Local locksmiths will usually have an ad that contains information about services they offer, a local phone number/address and professional organizations they belong to such as Better Business Bureau or Associated Locksmiths of America. If there’s no ad, check for a listing that has a local address.

While doing research online, go to sites such as Angie’s List, Yelp and Service Magic. These sites offer real reviews by real people. Companies are not allowed to review themselves on these sites or buy advertising. Also, go to for listings in your area.

When ordering service from a locksmith, notice the vehicle they arrive in and how the locksmith is dressed. Scammers will arrive in unmarked vehicles and not in any kind of uniform. A reputable company will have clearly marked vehicles and uniforms with identification.

Don’t wait until an emergency occurs, instead add Pop-A-Lock to your list of emergency contacts for quick and professional service, 612-331-3093 or go to for more information.

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