Beware of the Locksmith Scam for a $19 service fee. This scam is all over the United States. This company offers a $19 service to get scam you into buying their services. Their locksmiths aren’t qualified, they are trained to get the most out of the job. Which is why you end up getting charged in the hundreds. They show up in unmarked vehicles, and will always charge you more than they advertise. Check out this story in Texas.
A Katy woman turned to KPRC 2 for help after she says she locked her keys in her car, called a locksmith advertising a $19 fee, only to end up paying nearly $200.
Lindsey Kern says she contacted a service she found through a Google search, called “24/7 Quick Pick Locksmith Services.”
“I Googled ‘Locksmith.’ The first thing that I saw, it said $19,” said Kern. “When the guy showed up 20 minutes later, he quoted me $165 plus the $19.”
A dispatcher with “24/7 Quick Pick Locksmith Services” told KPRC 2 they charge customers $19 as a service call to send a technician out to take a look at the problem.
According to that dispatcher, the technician then decides how much to charge the customer for the labor.
Kern’s receipt indicates she was charged $165 for labor and $20 for the service call.
She is now warning others to do more research before hiring someone who could charge more than expected.
KPRC 2 requested to speak with a company supervisor but had not been contacted by one as of Thursday night.