State and Federal agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC PDF 178KB), have issued warnings to consumers about fraudulent locksmith companies. Using large advertisement layouts, these locksmiths use false addresses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as local phone numbers to gain your trust by appearing to be locally owned.
Quoting a cheap service-call price plus labor, they price gouge once they arrive on site, usually in an unmarked vehicle. Untrained and not-certified, they will oftentimes drill out locks and ignitions and charge you escalated prices for parts and services, especially in high end makes like the Lexus or Mercedes. In most cases, these are predatory acts.
As a responsible locksmith based right here in Minneapolis - St. Paul, we are
obligated to alert the consumer to this risk. To avoid becoming a victim, become informed. Use only licensed and certified locksmiths. Don't trust just anyone with the keys to your car, home, or business.