Spotting Fake & Misleading Ads Online

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    Keir
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    Iā€™m looking for a locksmith online as I would like some work done on my home to beef up security. The thing I find worrying is that I can’t really tell who is true and who is fake.

    The thing is, even if a company is genuine, I don’t know if they are misleading you with information to get your business. Does anybody know what kind of signs are should be aware of?

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    Thomas
    Participant

    You are right to be careful. If you notice someone advertising something like “$15 service charge”, do not get reeled in by that. This is a popular trick by some of these companies. Good, genuine and transparent companies would not do this.

    They prey on victims in an emergency. Their labour rates are something like $95 an hour. They don’t actually pick the lock. They drill it, so, when you actually get an invoice, you are charged for labour and service, plus, a new lock.

    #100000591

    Keir
    Participant

    What scumbags! I’m in the wrong profession! šŸ˜‚

    #100000592

    Biker Ben
    Participant

    I’d like to expand on what the other person said, if I may. The same people who advertise $15 service also claim that they will be at your place within 15 minutes. Let this also be a red flag for you.

    It is very unlikely that they will get there in 15 minutes unless they are three doors down. They need to get your address, perhaps rely on a GPS, go through traffic and find parking. By the time they get there, I guarantee you that more than 15 minutes would have elapsed.

    You know why I am telling you this? Unfortunately for me, being the jackass that I am, I fell for this. I am trying to save you from making the mistake I made. I still remember; the guy showed up after 43 minutes.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  Justin B.
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    Keir
    Participant

    Sorry to hear that, but that’s good of you for letting me know… šŸ˜Ÿ

    #100000594

    Seamus
    Participant

    Rather than look for companies online, why don’t you just call a good, trustworthy company? I use Bee Safe & Lock Inc and have never had a problem. This will save you a lot of time and hassle. You can also feel confident. If not, your mind will be constantly worrying about whether someone is legitimate or not.

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    Jason
    Participant

    You could try testing one of these places. Some of them advertise their services as 24/7/365. However, this is just to get your business. Many of them probably do not work after 11 P.M.

    Try calling at an odd hour and see if they pick up or call you back. If you get a call much later in the morning, I would think they are trying to pull one over you.

    #100000596

    Ellie
    Participant

    It can be hard to tell, but sometimes you have to do some detective work first. Many claim they are licensed but in Ontario, there is no licensing body.

    They claim to have training and trained technicians. There is no evidence of this on their website. Some even claim to be local. When you check, they are located in the United States!

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