Check your locksman’s name and address before you come to visit a local locksmith in order to be sure they are real.
The ABC News Local Queensland investigation has found that some locksmith offices are now accepting Bitcoin for their business hours.
In recent years, the value of Bitcoin has surged from less than $0.25 to more than $4,000, with Bitcoin gaining popularity as an alternative currency and payment system.
Local locksmith Denham Henson, who has operated his business for more than 10 years, said he was “extremely happy” with the rise in the value.
“I have had customers come in, who say they want to buy something for the money,” he said.
“When they come in and say they’re interested in buying a lock, it’s because they know the money’s going into their pocket.”
The ABC contacted the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to find out what the law said about using Bitcoins in Australia.
Both agencies declined to comment.
The Queensland Police and DIBP said they did not allow Bitcoin to be used in any form.
“In this country, we have no criminal offences related to using digital currency,” a spokesperson said.