When a friend or family member has been arrested, most people are desperate to get them out of jail as soon as possible. Unfortunately, unscrupulous scam artists may try to take advantage of your worry and confusion by posing as legitimate bail bond agents. Keeping an eye out for the following signs will help you avoid falling victim to a bail bond scam.
How to Spot a Bail Bond Scam
1. They’re Offering a Discount
In most states, bail bond prices are set by law, so agencies can’t charge exorbitant sums or offer heavily discounted services. In Connecticut, fees are set by the Insurance Department. If someone offers to get your friend or family member at lower rates than other bail agencies, it’s a safe bet that they’re not actually a licensed bondsman.
2. They Won’t Show You Their License
In Connecticut and most other states, bail bond agents must undergo an extensive background check before getting their license. A licensed bondsman has to comply with all state laws and regulations, which are largely designed to protect your rights. If the bondsman with whom you’re speaking hesitates to show you a license, it may be best to walk away. An interesting article by 3-D Bail Bonds may help to choose the right bail bond company in Connecticut.
3. The Agency Contacted You
Most bail bond agencies advertise, but legitimate businesses typically don’t contact the families of people who’ve just been arrested. If someone claiming to be a bail agency actively solicits your business, carefully research their reputation or get in touch with a reputable, trustworthy company.
When someone you love is behind bars, the experienced agents at 3-D Bail Bonds are committed to getting them out as quickly as possible. Each of our fully-licensed agents holds themselves to the highest standards and will always give you the respectful treatment you deserve. Visit us online to find your nearest location, get more news and tips on Facebook, and call (860) 247-2245 to reach our office in Hartford. To reach our New Britain office, call (860) 229-2525, or dial (203) 562-6666 for 24-hour assistance in New Haven.