Every now and then our office will get a phone call from someone who says they just received a call from a bondsman, letting them know a friend, family member or adult child has been arrested.
The caller then goes onto say they’ll need this person to wire thousands of dollars right away in order to get the defendant out of jail. Sometimes the caller tells whoever picks up the phone that they need to run out, purchase pre-paid debit cards and provide them with the serial numbers over the phone.
Both of these situations are telltale signs of a bail bonds scam.
When you work with a reputable Maguire Jail bail bonds company the bondman will never ask you to wire them large amounts of money, no questions asked, and without a signed bail bonds agreement in hand. It takes more than payment to get someone out of jail; someone will need to cosign for the defendant to guarantee the person in custody will go to court and finish their case.
If you receive a call from someone who you think could be a bail bonds scam artist, it’s OK to hang up and call someone else. A trusted bondsman will be able to look up your loved one’s name in the system and can tell you if they are in custody. If the answer is yes they will be able to provide you with their charges, bail amount and will take the time to answer any questions you have about how San Mateo bail bonds work.