I got a weird call earlier from someone who said he was a bail bondsman, my nephew had been arrested and I needed to send him $1,000 by Western Union right away. The whole thing seemed a bit fishy but he did know my nephew’s name and date of birth. How can I tell if this is a scam?
Anytime you get a call from someone who is wanting you to send large amounts of money, “right away” with no questions asked, your inner alarm should go off. Although there are many, many reputable bail bonds agencies throughout the US, there are handful of scam artists that give the rest of us a bad name. When you bail someone out of jail you not only need to complete a bail bonds application, you also need to sign documents that say you agree to take full legal responsibility that the defendant will go to court. If you have any questions about whether your nephew has been arrested, call a reputable Alameda County bail bonds agency in your area.