If you find yourself locked out of your home or car, your first instinct is usually to call a locksmith. However, it is important to be cautious as a common locksmithing scam can have you paying exorbitant rates.
A traditional scam for shady locksmiths has been to have a number of fake listings (addresses and phone numbers) in a town or city. When a consumer calls one of these numbers, the call is diverted to an out-of-state call center, where the caller is given a reasonable estimate for work. When the disreputable locksmith arrives and the work is completed the actual cost can end up being much higher.