Do You Know What Co-Signers Are?

Do You Know What Co-Signers Are?

When people are dealing with bail for the first time, many are facing a lot of unknowns. One unknown that can confuse people is the concept of co-signers. This isn’t a term people use daily, so what does it mean?

When it comes to posting bail with a bail bond, there is a contract that has to be signed by the client. By signing the contract, the client agrees to pay the full price of the bail bond in return for having their loved one bailed out of jail. They also agree to make sure that their loved one makes it to all of their court dates. Naturally, the person who signs the paperwork is referred to as the signer.

When it comes to bail bonds, there can be more than one signer for the bond. In this case, the people are referred to as co-signers. When multiple people sign the paperwork, they are all taking responsibility for the bail bond and the person being released.

Having multiple co-signers can be beneficial because then the signers share the responsibility. They work together to pay off the bail bond and to keep their loved one in line. In addition to that, having multiple co-signers increases the chances of you qualifying for a discount.

Here at Bail Bonds in Concord, we can provide a 20% discount off the price of a bail bond if you or one of the co-signers meets just one of the following requirements:

  • Is a member of the military.
  • Is a member of AARP.
  • Is a member of a union.
  • Is a homeowner.
  • Has a private attorney.

As long as one of those requirements is met, then you qualify for the bail bond discount.

For most people, there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to bail. Don’t let that stop you from rescuing your loved one from jail. You can get expert bail help by contacting the bail agents here at Bail Bonds in Concord. We promise, we won’t let you down.

For a FREE consultation or if you have any questions regarding bail bonds, call Bail Bonds in Concord at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

How Do You Get A Good Deal On Bail?

How Do You Get A Good Deal On Bail?

When you find out that a loved one has been arrested, you want to get him or her out of jail. Unfortunately, bail is very expensive here in California, costing several thousands of dollars on average. Despite their best attempts, most people can’t afford to post bail on their own. Luckily for you, Bail Bonds in Antioch is here to help with that cost.

We know that bail is expensive, so we provide our clients with bail bonds that they can afford. Our clients only have to pay us 10% of the full bail price and then we pay the full amount of the bail for them. This gives our clients a 90% discount off the price of the bail bond and allows them to get their loved one out of jail that day.

When figuring out how much a bail bond from Bail Bonds in Antioch will cost, just drop one of the zeros from the number. For example, if your loved one’s bail is set at $20,000, the bail bond will only cost $2,000. Since the bail bond is a percentage, the larger the bail amount, the bigger the discount.

Another way that we provide our clients with a good deal is by offering qualified clients with an additional 20% off the price of the bail bond. This way, instead of paying 10% of the full bail price, our clients only have to pay 8%. For example, with this discount, the bail bond for a $20,000 bail will only cost $1,600. To qualify for this discount, you or a co-signer for the bail bond has to:

  • Be a member of the military.
  • Be a member of AARP.
  • Be a member of a union.
  • Be a homeowner.
  • Have a private attorney.

When you need a good deal on bailing someone out of jail, just contact Bail Bonds in Antioch. Our bail agents provide our clients with FREE consultations so you never have to worry about asking questions. When you need a helping hand and a good deal, just talk to one of our agents. You won’t be disappointed.

Don’t hesitate to call, consultation at Bail Bonds in Antioch is always FREE, so call us at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Are You Being Safe Online?

Are You Being Safe Online?

In the modern age, people are always being reminded of different ways to be safe while traversing the internet. A person never knows what they will run into online or what private information they may be risking. While the majority of the most popular websites are safe and secure, every once in awhile someone manages to hack their way through the safety features.

As more and more people are forced into working or going to school from home, more people are on the internet for longer periods. With so much more free time on their hands and so many more targets, hackers are hard at work trying to find ways to mess with people. One form of trolling that is gaining popularity is referred to as zoombombing and it is greatly disrupting ongoing efforts to educate people during this pandemic.

What Is Zoombombing?

Zoombombing is the act of hacking into a private meeting and then disrupting said meeting with:

  • Foul language
  • Racist remarks
  • Pornographic imagery
  • Threatening violence

This is a very big problem for anyone trying to host private virtual meetings for work or school. The act gets its name because it largely happened on the video conferencing app Zoom.

The app’s popularity and usage skyrocketed in recent months as more and more people were placed on lockdown. The app provided a free way for people to conduct meetings for work and school.

There have been several incidents where a class is being held through the app and then someone gets in who shouldn’t have. They begin to spout inappropriate comments, share pornographic images and even begin to expose their genitals for the entire class to see. Understandably, many users are very upset over this and several of the incidents have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Both the FBI and Zoom have issued statements on the matter and are looking into things. Zoom offered some tips on how to keep their video calls secure.

How To Stay Safe Online

When it comes to something getting hacked, oftentimes it is because someone got a bit careless. One of the biggest problems is that people are either unaware of certain security features available on the app, or are simply forgetting to use them.

Many people assume they won’t get hacked simply because they’ve never been hacked before. This leads to them not taking the proper steps to secure something, which in turn makes it easier for someone else to hack into it.

Some of the basic features that Zoom recommends its users to take advantage of include:

  • Requiring a password to join a meeting. This makes it that much harder for someone to get into the meeting, especially if the password is a good one, not something simple like password or 1234.
  • Using a waiting room to screen who is trying to join the meeting. This way, anytime someone tries to join the meeting, they are placed in a separate room where they can’t interact with anyone until they are granted permission.
  • Set the meeting to private. This makes it so that only people who know about the meeting or know the host can find it online.
  • Don’t share the link to the meeting on any public forums or social media accounts. Even if an account is set to private, hackers can still stumble across it and begin attempting to gain access to the meeting.
  • Limit screen sharing to just the host. Doing this prevents anyone else from sharing images on their screen with others unless granted permission.

These are just some basic precautions that people can take when setting up online meetings to ensure that only the people they want in can gain access.

Keep The Meeting Secure

These are unprecedented times for a whole lot of people. While some people have been working and going to school online for years, not everyone has experienced it before. It is only natural that some people aren’t aware of all of the different safety features that are available to help keep their video calls private.

Hopefully, with more awareness of the problems, people will be able to take the proper precautions to keep their meetings private and prevent hackers from gaining access. This way, no one, especially minors, has to be exposed to any hate speech or sexually explicit material.

 

Teaching Kids About Gun Safety

Teaching Kids About Gun Safety

The state of California has been a leader in gun control laws for a while now, and for good reason. In the wrong hands, guns can cause a lot of damage, which is why they need to be treated with the proper respect. That respect needs to be instilled in people of all ages but is arguably more important when children are involved.

Recently, there has been a rise in gun purchases amidst all of the panic caused by the growing pandemic. It is important for everyone, whether they are a new gun owner or someone who has owned a gun for a while, to know how to store their gun, as well as how to keep it out of children’s hands.

California Gun Storage Laws

When it comes to owning a gun in California, owners need to be aware of how the firearm is supposed to be stored. Failing to store a gun and its ammunition properly can have disastrous consequences in which someone can get seriously hurt. If that does happen, the gun owner could even face criminal charges for improperly storing the gun in the first place.

The act of improperly storing a gun is referred to under Penal Code 25100 criminal storage of a firearm. There are two different levels to this crime, first and second degree.

Criminal storage of a firearm in the first degree occurs when a person keeps a loaded gun in their home or anywhere else that the person has control where a child could gain access to the gun, and a child obtains the gun and causes death or great bodily injury to someone. This is a wobbler crime that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

The consequences for this crime as a misdemeanor can include:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.

When charged as a felony, this crime can come with:

  • 16 months, 2, or 3 years in county jail.
  • A max fine of $10,000.

Criminal storage of a firearm in the second degree occurs when the child removes the gun from the home. If a child gets ahold of the firearm and takes it to a public place or exhibits the gun in a rude, angry or threatening manner, then the owner of the gun will face this charge.

This is a misdemeanor offense that comes with:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.

Teaching Kids About Guns

If someone is going to be keeping a gun in their home alongside children, then they need to educate those kids about firearms. They need to know the best ways to handle a gun, which in the case of kids means never handling a gun. Few adults understand the gravity of pointing a gun at something, and kids definitely don’t understand just how serious that is.

According to California’s General Attorney, there are four rules that kids should follow when guns are concerned.

  1. STOP
    The child should stop what they are doing if they find or see a gun.
  2. NEVER TOUCH
    Children should never touch guns, even if they are trying to take it to an adult.
  3. LEAVE THE AREA
    After seeing the gun, kids should immediately leave the area. They should never try to stop someone from using the gun.
  4. TELL AN ADULT
    The last thing kids need to do after seeing a gun is to tell an adult immediately. Let adults handle the situation.

How To Properly Store Guns

The best way to keep guns out of the wrong hands is to store them properly. For instance, guns should be stored out of sight and in a locked safe in an unloaded state and separately from ammunition. The California General Attorney also recommends using both a locking safe and a firearm safety device.

Guns can be incredibly dangerous, but as long as they are handled and cared for properly, they can be safe. As long as parents take the proper precautions to store their firearms and teach kids how to respect guns and keep their distance, people can stay safe. That is all anyone wants.

 

Mail Theft Laws In The US

Mail Theft Laws In The US

As people are forced to stay within their homes, many previously easy tasks have become a little more difficult and stressful. For instance, going grocery shopping is now a much bigger chore than it was a few months ago. One particular task that remains completely unchanged for some, and more difficult for others, is going to get the mail.

For those people who have a mailbox right outside their house, there hasn’t been much of a change. However, not everyone has a personal mailbox. A lot of people have PO boxes either at one single spot on the side of the road in their neighborhood or at a local post office. Checking these has become a little more difficult since they require going out in public.

Due to the lockdown, a lot of people are checking their PO boxes less frequently and crooks are aware of this. With more free time on their hands and a surplus of easy targets, crooks are stealing mail more and more during this lockdown.

The U.S. Definition Of Mail Theft

Mail theft is illegal both at the federal and state level here in California. Title 18 of United States Code 1708 defines the crime of mail theft for the entire country. In a very legalese way, the law states that anyone who takes or tampers with mail that isn’t addressed to them without permission from the recipient with the intent of committing a crime is guilty of mail theft and should be punished by a fine and no more than 5 years imprisonment.

Some of the acts that are included in this definition include:

  • Taking mail from someone’s mailbox.
  • Taking mail from the post office or a delivery vehicle.
  • Using fraud or deception to take someone else’s mail.
  • Opening someone else’s mail.
  • Taking the contents of someone else’s mail.
  • Destroying someone else’s mail.
  • Hiding someone else’s mail.
  • Buying or receiving known stolen mail.

Another important aspect that needs to be defined is what counts as mail. Under this law, the following can all be considered “mail:”

  • Letters
  • Mailbags
  • Packages
  • Postcards

Acts that aren’t considered mail theft include opening a loved one’s mail since family members usually have permission to open one another’s mail. Any time a person has permission from the recipient or isn’t intending to commit a crime, they aren’t guilty of mail theft.

California’s Mail Theft Law

Here in California, Penal Code 530.5e explains what counts as mail theft in the state and what the consequences of the crime will be. This law states that anyone guilty of mail theft, as described in Section 1708 of Title 18 of the US Code, is guilty of a public offense here in California.

If a person breaks into a community PO Box, then they are guilty of mail theft under federal law. The same holds for people who take packages off of porches. If a person does either of these or anything similar to this, then they will be guilty of mail theft here in California.

Mail theft is considered a misdemeanor crime here in California. The penalties for the crime are:

  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Up to one year in county jail.
  • Misdemeanor probation.

Don’t Let The Mail Pile Up

Dealing with lockdowns and daily life under this pandemic can be rough. Mail theft makes it all that much more annoying. The best way to avoid mail theft is to regularly check for mail. Don’t let it pile up in the box. Doing so could leave valuable personal information in a less than secure spot that crooks can easily access and then use to commit identity theft.

If a person has been a victim of mail theft, then they should report the incident to the local authorities right away. Despite the lockdowns, they are still out their protecting and serving in every way that they can.

 

My Loved One Arrested… What Now?

My Loved One Arrested... What Now?

A person can have a whole lot of questions when they find out that a loved one was arrested. Sometimes, people may not even know why their friend or family member was arrested in the first place. All they know is that they got a call asking for help. If this is what happened to you, don’t panic, Bail Bonds in Richmond is here to help.

We know that there can be a lot of confusion surrounding a loved one’s arrest, which is why we make sure that our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). Anytime you have questions, you can call and talk to one of our helpful bail agents. They can answer all of your questions about posting bail, and with a little help from you, the arrest as well.

For us to know more about your loved one’s arrest, we will need some information about him or her. Primarily, we will need to know the name of the person you want to bail out, his or her date of birth, and name of the county where the arrest took place. Knowing this will allow our bail agents to locate your loved one in the county jail system, which will let us see why he or she was arrested in the first place.

Once our agents have answered your questions about your loved one’s arrest, they can begin guiding you through the process of posting bail. Let our agents show you how easy it is. They will walk you through each step and never abandon you.

Some of the benefits that we provide for our clients include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

Bail Bonds in Richmond has been helping Californians confront the confusion of an arrest for over 30 years. We know everything about bail and are more than willing to share that knowledge with you. If you ever have any questions about bail or your loved one’s arrest, just give us a call. Consultation is FREE, so you have nothing to lose.

Ready for a FREE consultation? If so, call Bail Bonds in Richmond at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Bail

Frequently Asked Questions About Bail

Here at Bail Bonds in Contra Costa, we have learned that most people have a whole lot of questions about bail and how it works. Luckily for our clients, our bail agents are more than capable of answering any questions about the bail process.

In fact, in order to help you out, here are some of the most commonly asked questions:

  1. How Much Does A Bail Bond Cost?
    The exact price of a bail bond varies from case to case. However, all of our bail bonds cost 10% of the bail that they are for. This means that if someone’s bail is set at $20,000, then the bail bond will only cost $2,000.
  2. Do You Offer Discounts?
    Yes, we can offer a 20% discount on the cost of the bail bond, meaning you would only have to pay 8% of the full bail price. To qualify for this discount, you or one of the co-signers for the bail bond needs to be a homeowner, have a private attorney or be a member of the military, AARP or a union.
  3. Can I Make Payments?
    Yes, we provide all of our clients with personalized payment plans to help reduce the cost of the bail bond. With these plans, you only have to make one payment before your friend or family member will be released from jail.
  4. How Much Is The Interest?
    We don’t charge any interest on our payment plans.
  5. How Long Does The Release Take?
    The length of a person’s release process is largely dependent on the jail where they are being held. Larger jails have more inmates, and therefore more paperwork to process daily, which can slow down the release process. Some jails can have a person out of jail in a few hours, and others can take up to a day to process the paperwork.
  6. Can You Bail Someone Out Of Jail In Nevada?
    No, we cannot. Bail Bonds in Contra Costa is only licensed to post bail here in the state of California. We cannot bail someone out of jail in any other state.

This is just a few samples of the questions that our bail agents answer daily. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to call and talk to one of our professional bail agents. All consultations are FREE and we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). You can count on Bail Bonds in Contra Costa to be there for you whenever you need us. Call us today!

Bail help is only a phone call away at Bail Bonds in Contra Costa, call 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Is Intentionally Spreading The Virus An Act Of Terrorism?

Is Intentionally Spreading The Virus An Act Of Terrorism?

The world is in a state of crisis as the COVID-19, Coronavirus pandemic takes root everywhere. This has led to governments ordering non-essential businesses to temporarily shut down and forcing entire communities to lockdown. People are only allowed to leave their homes for essential trips, and when outside, people need to practice social distancing by staying a minimum of 6 feet away from one another.

While self-isolation isn’t the most exciting thing ever, most people understand its importance. They recognize that if everyone does their part and just stays home, they can slow the spread of the virus and save millions of lives. Then there is the population out there that just can’t seem to comprehend the gravity of the situation.

Sadly, there are people out there that think their spring break is more important than staying healthy or that it is funny to spread the virus even further. As if that’s not bad enough, con artists are even taking advantage of people’s panic to make a quick buck.

People Do Incredibly Dumb Things On The Internet

The internet has become pretty infamous with some of the dumb challenges it has come up with over the last few years. While a few of the challenges were great and for a good cause, such as the ice bucket challenge, some were just plain stupid. The Tide Pod challenge springs to mind.

One social media “influencer” recently tried a spearhead a new trending challenge, the coronavirus challenge. The influencer posted a video to her social media account depicting her licking an airplane toilet seat with #coronaviruschallenge. Naturally, the video earned a lot of attention online, though most people seemed to condone the act rather than praise it. That, combined with the fact most videos under the hashtag are about how to stay safe during this pandemic led to very little, if any, copycats.

In an interview, the 22-year-old admitted that she did it to get attention and has gone on record stating that she doesn’t care what kind of attention she gets as long as she is getting attention. Apparently, the toilet was on her “sugar daddy’s” private plane and she had the common sense to bleach the seat before licking it.

Stay Calm And Don’t Get Conned

Another concern that people are now having to face due to the pandemic is scammers. Con artists all over are feeding off of people’s fears and panic to make some easy money. Scammers have set up automated calls to randomly dial people and attempt to sell them things such as toilet paper, masks or gloves. The goal with these robocalls is to get people to hand over credit card information and make a payment for a service that will never be rendered.

There has also been an increase in coronavirus tracker apps and websites that exist solely to put malware on to people’s devices. People flock to these sites and apps to keep an eye on the scary situation. Unfortunately, these malicious apps and websites only exist to steal information off of people’s devices through the use of malware. If a person wants to keep tabs on the virus, then they should stick to using a trusted and reliable source.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is doing their very best to crack down on these scams.

This Is A Very Serious Time

As far as the DOJ is concerned, any acts where people purposefully try to spread coronavirus can be considered acts of terrorism. The same holds for even threatening to spread the disease. This is because the virus technically meets the requirements to be considered a biological agent.

This new take on any intentional spreading of the virus has been delivered to all law enforcement agencies across the country. Officers all over have been instructed not to tolerate such behavior.

As far as the scammers are concerned, the DOJ is doing everything that they can to stop them. Once caught, the scammers will face all sorts of charges that come with a lot of hefty fines and jail time.

When it comes to the so-called “influencer,” luckily most people seemed to be smarter than her and chose not to do something as dumb as licking a toilet seat.

What are your thoughts on how the DOJ is handling this and how they are viewing the intentional spreading of the disease?

Should people who intentionally spread the coronavirus be considered terrorists? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Uplifting Coronavirus Stories

Uplifting Coronavirus Stories

There is no denying that the last month has been a stressful one for everyone. A pandemic like this hasn’t been experienced in a long time. Most people weren’t prepared for a disaster like this, which has caused a lot of panic and stress for millions of people.

During these tough times, it can be easy to become depressed hearing about all of the horrible stories that are occurring across the world. It is in these moments that everyone needs to remember to focus on the positives. Uplifting moments can be incredibly beneficial for a person’s health. On top of that, uplifting deeds and acts often spread like wildfire, meaning one small act can affect someone else, which can lead to them helping another.

So, here is a small sample of some of the heartwarming stories coming from all over the world to remind everyone that there is still hope despite the pandemic.

Spreading Hope Through Window Art

For a long time, schools have been considered breeding grounds for germs due to all of the children getting together. To counteract this, schools have closed all over the world. With kids at home keeping them entertained and relaxed despite the obvious tension in the air has become paramount.

A lot of parents have taken up doing arts and crafts with their kids to keep things bright and cheerful. A trend that is growing online is to post the crafts, especially images of rainbows, on front windows to share with the rest of the world. This way, cheer can be spread from house to house.

Pets Missed Us

Due to lockdowns and self-isolation, many people around the world now find themselves either working from home or having a lot of free time on the couch. While this situation isn’t ideal for some people, there is one group that collectively agrees that this self-isolation thing is the best thing ever: dogs.

Canine companions all over the world are loving the fact that their favorite people are home all of the time now. There is so much time for cuddles and pets and love now! To make sure that their excitement is known, dogs are wagging their tails much more than ever. All of this extra wagging has led to some dogs spraining their tails from the extra effort.

While no one wants their dog to get hurt, it is sweet to know that they are so excited.

Cats may never admit it, but chances are they are just as excited to have their owners spending more time at home too.

Some more good news for pups and kitties from all of this is the fact that with so many people having a lot of free time at home, many are going out to local shelters and adopting new companions.

People Are Getting Creative Together, From Afar

Self-isolation and needing to be 6 feet away from others can be rough, especially for people who are used to being around others. However, people can be very creative, either with the arts or with how they get together.

Videos are surfacing from across the globe of communities where local musicians are putting on concerts on their balconies for all of their locked-in neighbors. Sometimes it’s just one person performing for all, and other times the entire neighborhood joins in, playing and singing what they can from their balconies and windows.

In an effort to stay in shape, some people have begun hosting balcony workout sessions. Everyone stays within their apartment and follows their leader through the workout.

Videos of people playing I Spy with their neighbors from their apartment balconies and windows have also surfaced online.

All of this just goes to show that people are incredibly creative when faced with a problem and will do what they can to overcome any obstacle.

Officers Are Doing Their Part

Naturally, during this time of enforced isolation, law enforcement officers are working harder than ever to ensure that everyone stays safe. That is a very important and time-consuming job, and yet, some officers are going above and beyond.

There are videos all over the internet of officers doing what they can to spread cheer amongst their communities. Some offices are dancing and singing in the streets to entertain. Others are driving by and putting on little parades in front of the homes of young children whose birthday parties had to be cancelled.

These little acts make a big impact on the lives that they touch.

Don’t Lose Hope

This is just a small sample of some of the incredible and heartwarming stories that have arisen from this global disaster. Yes, this pandemic is horrible and life has gotten a whole lot scarier because of it. However, this is not the time to lose hope. Focus on the positives from this, how excited our pets are, the art that is being created this very instant and the community bonds that have been forged despite the separation.

Even though we all may be isolated from one another, we are all in this together. There is still so much good out there in the world. Don’t lose sight of it by focusing on the negatives.

 

Don’t Get Scammed Out Of Your Stimulus Check

Don’t Get Scammed Out Of Your Stimulus Check

As the world practically shuts down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are now finding themselves stuck at home. For some, this time away from work can be very welcoming. However, for others, not making any money is very stressful. Millions of people across the country have either had their jobs shutdown and are receiving no paycheck, or were laid off entirely. This is a pretty big deal for those who were living paycheck to paycheck.

To counteract the lack of income and to keep the economy from crashing entirely, the US government agreed on a $2 trillion stimulus plan. This money would go to places that needs it most, such as the pockets of American citizens trying to pay their bills.

As great as this plan sounds for many Americans, it sounded even better for a shady group of people. Scammers heard news of the stimulus plan being approved and immediately began creating schemes. There has been a very noticeable uptick in scams revolving around the stimulus checks that will soon be going out to people.

What Is The Stimulus Plan?

The approved stimulus plan will be issuing checks of up to $1,200 to eligible Americans across the country. People who are eligible for these checks include:

  • People making less than $75,000 a year.
  • Couples making less than $150,000 a year.
  • Disabled veterans.
  • People who receive social security.

The money will be delivered to individuals based on how they receive their tax returns. If people chose to have their tax returns deposited directly into their bank account, then that is what will happen with their stimulus money. If people selected to have their tax return check mailed to them, then their stimulus check will be mailed to the same address.

For people who do not have to file taxes each year, such as low-income taxpayers, they will need to fill out a simple tax form. More information on that can be found on the official IRS website.

The money is slated to start going out in the next few weeks, but it will likely take several months for everyone to get their money.

Scammers Are Surfacing

Scammers love when people are scared or in a panic. In this state, people are easier to trick since they aren’t paying as much attention to details as they normally do. This is why scammers always try to scare their victims. However, with all of this fear from the pandemic, they don’t have to instill that fear, they can go straight to feeding off of it.

If a person receives any form of communication regarding their stimulus money, they should ignore it. There will be no fees that need to be paid before funds can be issued. There will be no need to give personal information over the phone or through email.

The IRS states that people on social security and those that file their taxes will not have to do anything to get their stimulus checks. The system will figure out who’s getting money, and how and where to send it, based on previous tax information. Chances are, the IRS, or any other government agency, will not be contacting people about their checks, so there is no reason to respond to any communications about the subject.

If a person suspects that a communication is legit, then they still should not respond through the presented method. Instead, a person should go to the official IRS website and contact someone through the methods presented there. The site can be identified by having .gov at the end of the site address instead of the usual .com.

Don’t Panic

Everyone can understand how money is a bit tight right now for a lot of people. Shutting down entire industries means that millions of people are without work and likely without pay. This is why the government enacted this stimulus package. They want to ensure that people get the money they need to stay in their homes until this pandemic has come to an end.

During this tough and confusing time, it is important for people not to panic. Doing so could cause them to fall victim to any number of scams. The best thing for everyone is to stay calm and to never give personal information to anyone who contacted them first.