Phony storefronts, unlicensed workers and a scam that spans the nation prompted NEWS 9's Consumer Watch Team to find locksmiths in Oklahoma - who aren't locksmiths at all.
Joe Leach needed a locksmith so he grabbed the phone book and found a locksmith company who said it would cost $39.99 to open his door.
But once the locksmith came out - and finished - the price shot up.
Reluctantly he paid - but upset he started digging.
He plugged in the company's name, Dependable Locks Inc., and he came across pages of complaints and postings warning of "phony locksmiths" going "nationwide and spreading like cockroaches" and being part of a "large organized crime type outfit".
The company once based out of New York, now in Florida, advertises using local addresses and phone numbers.