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Crocksmiths

Post by News Tribune Staff on April 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
April 3, 2009 2:12 pm

I ran across a story on one of the investigative journalism blogs I read that seemed worth passing along.


KCTV5 News in Kansas City did an investigation which showed many of the local locksmith listings in the phone book and online were out-of-state companies which charged a lot more money than local companies.



When “Kansas City locksmith” is searched on Google, more than 3,900 different listings appear. The KCTV5 News investigations team tracked down several of them and found they are bogus.


One locksmith address comes back to a grassy lot next to the Blue Valley School District headquarters. Another turns out be a house in Fairway. And one address listed is actually an AT&T building.

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