My Journey into the Rabbit Hole of Scammers, Scoundrels, ALOA Security Professionals Association & Britney Spears? PART 2 - Getting Messy
Please Read Part #1 if you haven't already - Click Here
Part #2 -
After publishing Part #1 of this journey (which you must read first to follow along), I experienced a communication which basically suggested I got it all wrong, that the facts as I have encountered them are not facts at all or could be explained. Well, we are in a rabbit hole and what should we expect? It was suggested to me that my personal journey be retracted to avoid "things getting messy." I am not sure how I can retract the facts I encountered, and I have even offered for someone to point out what is not factually correct. Nobody has.
So I have decided to continue my journey with you all and clean house since I don't want anything being "messy". Take my hand again and PAY ATTENTION, because I don't want any stragglers left behind. I see many locksmiths clinging to ignorance in order to avoid the reality of this journey. Ignorance is bliss for some. The information provided is real and factual.
In Part #1 we discovered a lot things by simply using Google. We found a LOT of locations listed for a LOT of locksmith company names belonging to one "company or individual", but no shops were actually found. We found a phone number of 646-315-8883 which was on a website backlinked from the ALOA Security Professionals Association Inc. (ALOA SPAI) Find-A-Locksmith directory for a licensed member named Liad Messinger a Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL) from a company called Locksmith NYC. The CRL certification is issued by ALOA SPAI. Below are several more company names using that number and they all have different names and locations. So what's the big deal?
Considering that ALOA SPAI has continually sold a narrative that such things are considered inappropriate activity or possibly scammer activity, which is the reasoning why licensing is needed, it would appear to be hypocritical for them to have a member with so many names and no locations, etc. Their member also possesses a state issued license, Therefore, the excuse that licensing will stop this activity makes the entire argument invalid and can no longer be used, discussed, or sold to the media or state and local legislatures.
Essentially, we would have to say now that "there are no scammers, only good locksmiths and bad locksmiths " just as the Florida West Coast Locksmiths Association President Steve Wyman indicated in the SOPL blog article called FWCLA - 10 News Neglected Facts and Mischaracterizations Lead to Wrong Conclusions - Hillsborough County Florida. Mr. Wyman is a member of ALOA SPAI and an advocate for licensing. Maybe he already knew what we discovered in the rabbit hole, but never shared it with anyone because it would interfere with his efforts to pass a licencing ordinance in Florida? Should we as an industry understand that this is the new normal?
We also discovered in Part #1 that Liad Messinger CRL also operates a Lead Generation/Call Center company named L&L Lead Service at 14545 Friar St.Van Nuys, CA. The million dollar question is why does a lead generation company need to have so many different names and numbers? Why not simply promote your brand with a single identity and contact number. That is what AAA, Home Advisor, and many many more have done. We may never know the answer, but in fairness, the question must be asked.
Back into the Rabbit Hole -
As I continue to explore 911 Locksmith Service by searching the number 800-715-3019 using BING, I find many listings across the country from Ithaca, NY to San Francisco CA. I also find something interesting. There are several sites that appear that are not using the same number, but when they are clicked on, they go directly back to Locksmith NYC.
Click on these images to make them bigger if you want to see all the locations. You will even see different addresses for some of the same "company" names.
In Part #1 we discovered that telephone number 646-315-8883 also was found in an online ad, seen below, by a New Jersey company named 911 Locksmith Services.
This all may seem a bit redundant and somewhat boring, but hang in there, I promise you Part #3 will blow your minds! Remember, I was told I got it all wrong. The next discovery in our journey is a ringer. I am not going to tell you how we found it, but I will show that it links to another person we covered in Part #1.
Now Google 1-800-715-3087 and you fall down a rabbit hole so deep you may never find your way home. Hundreds of listings in directories with different names, but we see no actual websites, just directory listings. Let's dissect Affordable Locksmith! We find a creative play on words using the Pop-A-Lock franchise brand name similar to before on the Locksmith NYC website, although not as direct, and they claim that Affordable Locksmith is certified by Association of America Locksmith! Who the heck is that! Where are they located?
When we click on their Contact Us link we only find a form field, but not an address. But, if we click on the WHY CHOOSE US menu button, we see in a paragraph where they mention Detroit, MI. We also see a map with Holbrook, NY listed. Click on the images provide to enlarge them.
As we travel back to the surface of the rabbit hole we return back to Affordable locksmith webpage where we found Your Local Locksmith and we see a link that says PARTNER With US, so we click on it and are taken to www.locksmithjobs.net. This was also covered under Part#1 of this journey and we see once again "Jessica K", however this time we find that the link for her is now for "Liz T" or Elizabeth Topete seen below.
In Part #1 of our journey, we reveal a LinkedIn page for L&L Lead Services which had images and titles of its staff. However, shortly after our journey was published, these images are no longer found; or I just got lost in the rabbit hole. One of the staff is General Manager Rain Barclift. He has become a person of interest in this journey, which you will soon learn about in Part #3.
Tom Lynch, CRL