The first thing we need to do is remove the illegal advertising. This, we believe, causes the most damage both image-wise and monetarily to locksmiths abiding by the law using lawful advertising methods. This includes those companies aiding and abetting false advertising including online search engines, online directories, print directories, data companies and Telco companies.
The second thing we need to do is protect the public from persons or companies who bait and switch consumers for locksmith services sometimes charging unreasonable high prices, poor workmanship and causing a bad image for all locksmiths.
Lobby state and local government officials to enforce consumer protection laws, urge state licensing creation and enforcement, make sure local and state regulations are followed, along with state hiring practices.
Please fill out the "Petition To Stop Locksmith Scams form for Consumers" and send it to:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
and another copy to your States Attorney General's office and your States Government office.
PETITION FOR FEDERAL AND STATE ACTION TO STOP LOCKSMITH SCAMMER ACTIVITIES
I, the undersigned, am a consumer of locksmith services and I have been a victim of a "Locksmith Scammer".
I was a victim of: (check all that apply)
___ Deception as to the name and/or location of the business.
___ Bait & Switch - Quoted one price on the phone and had it substantially inflated.
___ Unnecessary drilling or destruction of my locks resulting in unnecessary replacement and highly inflated hardware costs.
___ other: ____________________________________________________________________
Unsuspecting consumers are continually being victimized multiple times a day in many cities across our land by these criminals as are the small business owners and employees in the Locksmith trade as evidenced by YouTube news videos and consumer complaint sites around the nation.
The absolute biggest part of the problem is the Telecommunications Carriers that provide these criminals with the ability to cause their telephone listings with unverified business names and phony addresses to be published in printed phone books, 411 providers, and internet search engines with absolutely no verification or authentication and no rules requiring the Telecommunications Carriers from doing any such directory listing verification.
I hereby petition Congress to amend the Telecommunications Act of 1966 to include language requiring every telephone carrier in the United States to obtain positive verification (such as a title deed or verifiable rental or lease agreement) for every address and end-user customer wishes to list in directory where said carrier has not actually installed service.
I hereby petition the FCC and each state's Public Utilities Commission (or other agency that regulates Telecommunications Carriers) to enact rules to the effect of the above paragraph.
I hereby petition the DOJ, FBI, FTC, FCC, and Homeland Security to investigate and vigorously prosecute scammers in every industry where they are engaging in this criminal and consumer fraud behavior.
I hereby petition the U.S. Attorney General, the Attorney General of my state, and each of our sister states throughout the nation to similarly investigate and vigorously prosecute scammers in every industry where they are engaging in this criminal and consumer fraud behavior.
I hereby petition the County and City prosecutors, Sheriffs' Departments, and Police Departments of every locality in our nation to be vigilant to this problem and vigorously help to eliminate it.
Consumer's Printed Name: _______________________________________
Consumer's Address: ____________________________________________
Consumer's City, State, Zip: ________________________________________________
Consumer's Phone: (_____) ______-_________
States Attorney General, States Government, Cities Mayor
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