Saturday, February 6, 2016

Locksmith Scammers from Out of State Get Slammed!

Locksmith Scammers Get Slammed!

Fast Eddys Keys Express has been fighting these guys for years. They and their ilk give professional locksmiths an undeserved bad rap.  We tip our hat to Attorney General Lori Swanson for taking action.

Here is her Press Release

Attorney General Swanson Permanently Bans Officials of Florida Locksmith Company that Deceived Minnesotans from Operating in State

The officials of a Florida company that deceived Minnesotans through a locksmith marketing scheme were permanently banned from doing business of any kind in Minnesota under a settlement obtained by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. The officials—Alon Gorlovetzky, Sr. and Yotam Hay, Sr. —were president and vice president, respectively, of Fuson Solutions, Inc., a Florida company.

Fuson used Internet advertisements and webpages for locksmiths that appeared to be homegrown Minnesota businesses. The ads and webpages promoted local sounding companies—“Burnsville Locksmith” or “Minneapolis Locksmith Service,” for example—with local phone numbers and addresses.

Individuals who dialed the phone number in the ads were led to believe they were calling a local locksmith. In reality, Fuson employees in a Florida call center answered the phone.

“People who were locked out of their homes or cars had to make a quick decision on where to find nearby help. They thought they were using neighborhood businesses, not calling Florida,” said Attorney General Swanson.

Fuson touted low costs and low wait times but did not deliver. One woman was locked out of her car, and Fuson told her the cost would be $95 for a locksmith. When the locksmith arrived, the woman asked the technician to first unlock her car so she could see if the key was there. The locksmith refused, said that he was required to make a new key, and charged $260. Her key was in the car.

In addition to local phone numbers and addresses, Fuson marketed the locksmith companies as established mom-and-pop businesses. Ads claimed that the locksmiths were “proudly serving our community” and had been “part of the community” for “over 30 years.”

Local addresses Fuson included in its ads were for nonexistent locations or completely unrelated companies. The address given for “Eden Prairie Locksmith Service” was actually a car repair shop.

Fuson also claimed that the locksmiths were licensed and bonded. Minnesota does not license, certify or insure locksmiths.

People may report complaints about similar situations to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office by calling (651) 296-3353 or (800) 657-3787. People may also download a Complaint Form by clicking here, and mailing the completed form to the Attorney General’s Office at: 1400 Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101-2131.

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