Is there a little sticker like this on your door? If you’re not sure, please go check. Some of these stickers are being used by sham locksmith companies in Naples, placed by lowly locksmith scammers who use bait-and-switch pricing to dupe customers into paying $300-700 for a service that might cost less than $100 from a legitimate locksmith. Today, other reasons authorities are now warning about are much more frightening… These seemingly harmless stickers have now been linked to the work of organized criminal gangs across the United Kingdom and the trend seems to be picking up steam in the U.S. as more of these stickers are popping up on doors at homes and businesses in Naples, Estero, and Bonita. If I haven’t convinced you to march outside and peel that sticker off your door yet, keep reading to learn more.
How do I know I’ve been scammed?
1. Bait-and-Switch Pricing: They will give you an incredible rate over the phone, often $15 or $29 for a lockout service (the going rates in Naples for real locksmith companies are more like $80-110 depending on the time of day). When the scammer arrives, the great low rate quoted is often inflated 10-30x on the invoice. Read More »
Like any profession, there are bad apples in the locksmith world. Today’s locksmith industry is riddled with confusing ads, scams, poor work product, and shady sales practices. Cut through the clutter of bad locksmiths with these simple tips from Naples’s oldest and most trusted locksmith company, “A” Locksmith. Even if you don’t choose us, we are happy to provide this information so you can make an informed choice and don’t fall victim to a scam.
Shocking locksmith scams are alive and well in Naples. With absolutely no regulation on who can become a locksmith in Collier County, literally anyone can legally do the job. This means you might at the very least hire someone who does shoddy work, or at the worst you may be inviting a violent felon, a thief, or sex offender into your home. There are known criminals who own and work a locksmith companies in Collier County. Learn what to do if you are caught in a scam and how to avoid one in the first place.