This past summer, ABC News ran a program about untrustworthy locksmiths. Particularly the locksmiths who operate their business without credentials or Better Business Bureau recognition. To put it mildly, the video was disturbing. In one part, the program caught up with Russian- Israeli Meni Agababayev (Meni Aga), who may be the filthiest living scumbag on earth. If you clicked on the link, you’ve seen that he’s also an “actor”, funding his projects on his criminal activities. His profoundly immoral conduct of business got him nationally recognized. At the brunt of his depraved corporal swing he focused on unknowledgeable people who call for a locksmiths.
You can watch the video: here
Here are tips on avoiding scam bums like Meni Agababayev:
Find a Locksmith
In emergency situations it’s easy to panic. When panicking you can Google or Bing hastily and stumble big time. Web smart service based criminals know this. They are completely aware that in your area you’re going to search for a local locksmith in a time of immediate need. This will make you act upon a lack of research. Even if you live in a town of 60,000 people, criminal profits can be astounding because of this. Even if they can just get a fraction of that population to make a mistake you’d be amazed at what they walk away with.
To prevent getting ripped off by a scam artist do some research. Find accredited and certified locksmiths before an emergency happens. Then put the locksmith’s number in your phone. If at least you look into locksmiths in the area around you, and recall one of them, you’ll be able to use one who won’t take you for all you’re worth.
Discuss payment BEFORE they arrive
When you do find a locksmith make certain you understand the pricing involved in the operation. Do not be afraid to ask questions. They should reasonably be able to answer your questions and not make you, the customer, feel stupid for asking them. Crooks attempt to use your lack of trade knowledge against you. Be sure that you know how much opening a vehicle, or door usually runs in your area. Be firm on your knowledge of pricing when the time comes.
Takeaway: Be certain to ask about firm pricing. Many immoral locksmith services will set a base price, and then climb steeply from that number. Be sure to ask what the pricing scale is. If they give you ambiguous answers, this is a sign to move on. Do not stick with them.
How to spot a crook
There are plenty of signs and signifiers when it comes to detecting an abominable locksmith. The biggest signifier is their vehicle. They may deploy themselves with a beautiful bag of tools, but if they have no clear standing with a company, it might be best to say no thank you. Try to find a locksmith that doesn’t arrive in a private vehicle. Usually it shows they have nothing to hide. Besides, they should be promoting their company any way they can. Private contractors are an iffy bid as well. Unless you have incredible and trusted recommendations, stay clear.
Takeaway: Locksmiths should be highly trained, professional and exceedingly good at explaining what they do, while they do it. At all times they need to provide superb customer service. That being said, their job should be done expertly. It should be an investment of both your time and theirs.
We salute ABC News for tackling this super villain. Hopefully, reposting and spreading the word, you won’t be taken by this kind of malicious greaser. Moreover you won’t fund anymore of his intellectually numb films.