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Fighting the scammers

keithMy name is Keith – Owner of Oak Ridge Locksmith. I’ve worked here since 1989 and our industry has seen a lot of challenges. In fact, it’s facing it’s biggest challenge ever…Fake Locksmiths.

Historically they’ve been a problem out west, but unfortunately, unlicensed locksmiths are right here in our area.

Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) recommends storing the phone number of a trusted locksmith BEFORE you need one, by keeping their number in your phone. Ours is: 865-482-5773.

Remember, when searching a locksmith online, you’re actually contacting the small name listed in GREEN at the bottom of the ad….not necessarily the title of the ad.

When hiring a locksmith, it’s a good idea to remember these tips:

  • Always ask to see the locksmith’s license when they arrive.
  • Look for the state locksmith license number on service vehicles
  • Pay by credit card to protect yourself.
  • Beware of “companies” demanding cash only.
  • Don’t accept a plain hand written receipt. The company license number must be on it.

We are asking our community to assist us, by taking pictures of the vehicle tag number and the person, if something seems suspicious.  Please report it directly to us by calling 865-482-5773. Remember, the fakes have been operating for years. But, no matter how “official” a website looks, if there’s no state license number, it’s probably fake.

Finally, the vast majority of locksmith businesses in the country are still “mom & pop” shops. If you’ve called for a locksmith with no license # on the website and reached a call center, it’s a pretty good bet that you’ve reached a locksmith from out of state, that’s potentially a scammer.

We’ll do everything we can to make your experience as easy as possible. Feel free to stop in to speak directly with me at anytime and I’d be happy to personally assist you. Please accept my SINCERE THANK YOU, for choosing Oak Ridge Locksmith to handle your security needs!

Keith K. – Owner

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