Scam Warning

Watch Out For Locksmith Scams!

Beware of Bad Actors & Con Artists!

There are a lot of ads on the internet. Some of them can lead you to a scam. Many companies advertise suspiciously low prices for “Locksmith Service” $19, $15, even $9.99 to have a locksmith come out. But that’s where the good deal turns sour. The technician arrives and you find out the truth behind the sales pitch. You agreed to have a locksmith come to your location for $19. Now he’s here, now you owe $19, but you wanted him to unlock your car, that will be $50 for “labor” – What? Nearly 70 bucks for a “$19 Locksmith”. With Unlock it For Me, you receive a total cost quote over the phone, that does not increase once we arrive.



Home protection means feeling safe and secure from the start. The Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure (AESBL) is the state agency that works to protect all Alabamians by licensing locksmiths, and home security companies and locksmiths in our state.

1. ASK 
Always ask the locksmith or security representative or to display proof of Alabama licensure.

If they can’t or won’t show you a license, call the police to report unlicensed locksmiths soliciting and operating in your area.

Before you hire a new provider. Before you call. Look them up!  – by name of business OR by zip code.

If they can’t or won’t show you a license, call the police to report unlicensed locksmiths soliciting and operating in your area.

Especially if they come knocking door-to-door. Any individual representing any company may encourage you to sign a contract "on the spot", to take advantage of a “limited time offer”.  Additionally, an installer crew may be “already in the neighborhood”. Beware of offers that seem overly opportunistic in the sellers' favor, or in general just seem too good to be true. They often are.


As a consumer, you should never, EVER, feel pressured to sign anything. You are well within your rights to ask them to leave their marketing literature or materials with you. Inform the representative that if you’re interested, you’ll call them at a later time. A provider cannot refuse to leave your home when asked.

Learn more about the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure (AESBL)

Why Choose Unlock It For Me?

What Makes Us Different
  • 14+ Years of Industry Experience
    We have the know-how to not only get you back into your home, car, or business but remake your keys if they were lost or stolen.
  • Affordable, Up-Front Pricing
    Though our services are individually priced, we'd be happy to give you a free quote if you give us a call!
  • Rapid Response Time in Marked Vehicles
    Typically we can have a driver to you within 15-30 minutes. We'll also provide you with a real-time ETA on when to expect us!
  • Licensed & Insured Professionals
    Our technicians are licensed by the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure and covered by a General Liability Policy.

All Licensed Alabama Locksmiths are Issued a Photo ID Card by the AESBL

Verifying you are dealing with a licensed Alabama locksmith ensures you are dealing with a company or individual who has been background checked and verified to have liability insurance. All licensed locksmiths in Alabama have been background checked by ALEA and the State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Look for identification. Legit locksmiths will show up in a marked vehicle and provide ID.
  • Get an invoice. If you have to dispute any work later, you will have proof of what was done. Include parts, labor, mileage, service charges, as well as the business name and address.
  • Always inquire about insurance. If anything is ruined during the repair, their insurance will cover losses.
  • Pay with a credit card. It is going to be your best option, as most cards have built-in fraud protection.

See Some of Our Recent Lock Outs

Check Out Our Gallery for Some On-The-Job Photos

When you choose Unlock It For Me, you can know you're working with a team that is dedicated to getting the job done right the first time.

Tips for Picking a Locksmith

What’s the best way to pick a reputable locksmith? Consider researching locksmiths before you need one, the same way you would a plumber, electrician, or other professional. That works well if you’re looking to have some security work done at your home, like installing deadbolts on the exterior doors of your house, or a safe in your bedroom. But if you’re dealing with an emergency, like being locked out of your car, you really don’t have much time for thorough research. Regardless of whether you are locked out of your car or home, you need new locks installed, or you require other security work, the FTC offers these tips to help you hire a legitimate, local locksmith.

    "They were affordable, communicative, and prompt!"
    - The Bartlett Home Team
    "What great service! Ryan was excellent!"
    - Zohan
    "They arrived probably in about 10 minutes. Brandon who helped me out was great!"
    - JessLynn R.
    "Always fast and friendly."
    - Abu E.
    "Brandon got there quick and got me in quick! So so thankful!!"
    - Tiffany N.
    "It took him less than 10 minutes to open my door so I could get my keys on Friday night. Thanks so much!"
    - Tony M.


If you’ve ever locked yourself out of your car or home, you know what a hassle it can be. Your first thought is to get someone to help you out of your situation. If a family member or friend can’t deliver a spare set of keys, your next call might be to a local locksmith. But before you make that call, consider this: According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, some locksmiths advertising in your local telephone book may not be local at all. They may not have professional training. What’s more, some of them may use intimidating tactics and overcharge you.

When “Local” Is Really Long-Distance

Consider this scenario: A company far away from your town chooses a name for its business that is very similar to the name used by a local locksmith. The company advertises in the phone book or on the Web using a local telephone number and local address. When you call the number, you’re actually connected to a call center in another city. What’s more, there’s no locksmith shop at the address listed.
You may be quoted a price on the phone, but when the locksmith arrives, often in an unmarked vehicle, he may want significantly more money. The locksmith also may accept only cash.

Some who claim to be “local locksmith” companies have multiple listings (sometimes 30 or more separate listings in a single phone book) with different names. But the calls to each of these numbers go back to the same central number in a distant city where operators dispatch untrained individuals to do the job.

Call family or friends for recommendations.

  1. If you find a locksmith in the phone book, on the Internet, or through directory assistance, and a business address is given, confirm that the address belongs to that locksmith.
    Some disreputable companies list street addresses to give the impression that they’re local. But the addresses may belong to other businesses or vacant lots, if they exist at all.
  2. You can verify addresses through websites that allow you to match phone numbers with street addresses. Some legitimate locksmith companies may not include a street address in their listing either because they operate a “mobile” business or they operate their business out of their home and may be reluctant to list that address.
  3. If you call a locksmith who doesn’t list an address, ask why. If the answer is that it’s a “mobile” business, you will understand they have no storefront.
  4. Write down the names of several businesses, their phone numbers, and addresses for future reference, in case you don’t want to go with the first locksmith you call.
  5. If a company answers the phone with a generic phrase like “locksmith services,” rather than a company-specific name, be wary. Ask for the legal name of the business. If the person refuses, call another locksmith.
  6. Get an estimate for all work and replacement parts from the locksmith before work begins. In cases of “lock-outs” (being locked out of your car or home), most legitimate locksmiths will give you an estimate on the phone for the total cost of the work.
  7. Ask about additional fees before you agree to have the locksmith perform the work. Companies may charge extra for responding to a call in the middle of the night. Ask if there is a charge for mileage, or a minimum fee for a service call.
Continue Reading Read Less
Contact Unlock It For Me
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please enter your address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
Proudly Serving Customers Throughout Birmingham, Auburn, Huntsville, and the Gulf Shores area Areas We Serve
  • Auburn
  • Birmingham
  • Forestdale
  • Gurley
  • Harvest
  • Hazel Green
  • Helena
  • Homewood
  • Hoover
  • Huntsville
  • Indian Springs Village
  • Irondale
  • Loachapoka
  • Madison
  • Meridianville
  • Mountain Brook
  • New Hope
  • New Market
  • Owens Cross Roads
  • Redstone Arsenal
  • Tarrant
  • Triana
  • Vestavia Hills