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Brisbane Locksmith Scammers Busted !

by | May 2, 2020 | Advice & Tips

This is a screenshot of them being stung!

I gotta tell you I have waiting years for this and it is starting to get traction at last. On Monday the 29th of April Chanel 7 News ran a sting targeting doggy locksmiths. In actual fact there are very few doggy locksmiths as ours is a small industry.

However occasionally I see them set up a flash website, trade for a few years and disappear overnight. Google reviews tends to sort them out pretty quickly. They have to change their trading name and create a whole new website which becomes too hard after a few times.

So how do the Brisbane locksmith scammers operate. Well they always use website names that feature highly in the most popular web searches. They also target the emergency component of our trade as well as plumbers etc.

Lots of Google reviews is a good indicator of legitimacy and we have over 300 Google reviews and 98% are 5 star !

By targeting people who are in a real bind they have an opportunity to extract extra cash without to many complaints. When locked out, people need a solution quick. The search result also beckons a cheaper price and when you agree to get them out you have taken the hook.

They arrive and then the games begin. “This is not a standard lock” the excuses come thick and fast. The price to get in now jumps through the roof. Some people tell them to take a hike but others just participate in the extortion because they are desperate.

They wont have a legitimate security licence as is required under Qld law. They almost never have a uniform or a sign written van. Now we pay all the right taxes and have all the correct insurances which protects our clients.

ALWAYS use a locksmith who BELONGS to an industry association !

 

My favourite, when they get chased away by a dedicated reporter

The actual website they were using, but their next one will be similar

The Brisbane locksmith scammers wont pay tax or buy insurance because they are are doggy. The real scary part is these guys could be worse. What if they started using their (basic) skills for break and enters. I worry that they are so brazen already and the jump to real criminal activity is not that far.

So what can you do ? Firstly if you have been a victim to these scammers contact the Qld Office of Fair Trading. The Police probably wont be interested as they already have too much work but its worth a try. I am writting this blog as a warning and hopefully more people will spread the word about them.

The Brisbane locksmith scammers won’t pay tax or buy insurance because they are doggy. The real scary part is these guys could be worse. What if they started using their (basic) skills for break and enters. I worry that they are so brazen already and the jump to real criminal activity is not that far.

So what can you do? Firstly if you have been a victim to these scammers contact the Qld Office of Fair Trading. The Police probably won’t be interested as they already have too much work but its worth a try. I am writing this blog as a warning and hopefully more people will spread the word about them.

Hidden in the fine print is the illegal scam explanation!

The bait is usually right there big & bold, a seemingly cheap price !

Det Supt Tony Flemming explains if it seems too good to be true it usually is.

Click here to see the full news story by Channel 7 News Brisbane!

Check this Youtube clip of the same scam in the USA – Its a growing problem!

Buy Now, Pay Later!

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Nicola Tuite
Nicola Tuite
01:02 06 Nov 21
Jamie from KGB was fantastic. Very prompt service, friendly, professional and fixed both locks. Very reasonable price. I would highly recommend.read more
Michael Anthonisz
Michael Anthonisz
10:00 01 Nov 21
I had a first class experience with KGB Security. Kel was very helpful in assisting me to assess my security needs. He didn't try to push anything on me and instead was more concerned with helping me find the most appropriate option. His offsider Alex was also very helpful in assisting me complete the transaction. It was smooth sailing from the get-go. Would thoroughly recommend.read more
Tanya L
Tanya L
19:00 29 Oct 21
Had been locked out last night and the friendly serviceman just open our door in less than 2 mins! We had Jamie and he was fast, friendly and flawless! Thank you!read more
Rod Severn
Rod Severn
09:20 19 Oct 21
Knowledgeable, helpful and great friendly service. I'd happily use them again.
Tim Krekt
Tim Krekt
19:46 14 Sep 21
Great range of high security products. Professional and prompt installation.Highly recommendread more
Sharna West
Sharna West
03:28 04 Sep 21
Terrific service from Stewart Wayne, thank you for the excellent Lockaway safe. Great service and good deals.read more
Harrison Pozzebon
Harrison Pozzebon
01:44 03 Sep 21
I snapped my car key to my old defender and need a replacement, withing the hour I had a new set. Excellent work, the keys worked perfectly unlike competitors such as Bunnings. If you want quality work go see KGB Locksmith & Security!read more
Sandra W
Sandra W
04:07 23 Aug 21
Great service - very efficient and professional- responded quickly to change locks following a break and enter. Exactly what you need after the harrowing experience of a home robbery.read more
Cyrus Parsa
Cyrus Parsa
22:26 17 Aug 21
Amazing customer service with knowledgeable staff who are willing to help you to find what you need. Many thanks to office staff, warehouse manager and delivery and installation team.Well done, keep up the good work.👍👍👍read more
Roger Thompson
Roger Thompson
01:14 14 Aug 21
KGB were able to resolve my big bunch of keys from 10 to 2 with what a layman might call locksmithing magic ! Top marks for friendly and efficient service. I would recommend this company in a heartbeatread more
Angela Barlow
Angela Barlow
03:47 13 Aug 21
Called in with a padlock issue which was fixed on the spot. Wayne provided great advice on how to avoid the issue occurring in the future. Thanks 🙂read more
Todd Furlong
Todd Furlong
20:53 05 Aug 21
The service from KGB security was above and beyond. They gave me advice on restoring an antique safe for display and even helped me find parts. Highly recommend there service.read more
Steve Groves
Steve Groves
06:46 07 Jul 21
Even several years after I purchased a safe from KGB they provided prompt and personal service to help me out they have a great customer focus. I highly recommend themread more
Hiba Bee
Hiba Bee
05:05 02 Jul 21
I needed my car key repaired, I had no idea if that was possible or if i was even at the right place. I rocked up at KGB Coopers Plains with no mask on and we are in LOCK DOWN :OI was KINDLY reminded that I needed to have a mask. No attitude, No frowning, just absolute POLITENESS. I eventually managed to find a mask in my car.Although they were not able to help me, they took the time to have a look at my problem (key) and even gave me a temporary solution. Thanking you Jamie. I was also directed to the right place/person and offered to call that person for me. Thanking you Wayne.Though this is just the normal way to interact with one another. It seems these days that a lot of people have forgotten that we all need one another and a simple smile or a kind word go a long way.Best customer service 🙂 Once more, Thank you to both Jamie and Wayneread more
Winston Axel Jones
Winston Axel Jones
00:16 19 May 21
Wayne was able to get Paul their master locksmith to open my cash drawer within a matter of seconds, due to the cheap design and locking mechanism it was deemed an unviable repair for which they didn't charge me anything. Very professional operation and I have no hesitation in recommending them for your lock and security needs, now or in the future.read more
Anh Lim
Anh Lim
04:41 17 Apr 21
Cal and his team are exceptional. One of our business safes wouldn’t open over the weekend... I contacted Cal on the Saturday and he organised a specialist locksmith to arrive at the store and sort out the problem. They provided prompt, professional and reliable service. I highly recommend KGB Coopers Plain!read more
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