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Animal Rescue Scam

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A lot of people out there love animals. This is why so many people own cats, dogs, and other critters. Typically, animal lovers will do whatever they can to help animals, especially those in need. It is a very admirable quality. Unfortunately, some bad people out there have figured out how to take advantage of that.

Scammers know that they can play with people’s heartstrings in order to steal money from them. They’ve figured out that by pretending to be from a local animal charity and giving some sob story about an animal, they can get people to give them money without much question.

Animal Shelter Donation Scams

Thanks to advances in modern technology, scammers can get in touch with people through various different channels. They can get in touch with you through:

  • Email.
  • Social media.
  • Phone calls.

Typically what scammers do with this scam is post pictures of animals that are “at risk” of being put down. They will ask for money donations, typically cash, money transfers, or in rare cases gift cards, to save the animal. Many kind people will jump at the opportunity to save an animal and will give up the money without questions. This is what the scammer wants. They don’t want their victims to question or worry about where the money is going.

Scammers like cash, money transfers and gift cards because the money is hard to trace once it’s been handed over. This means that once a victim gives up some money, it is gone for good, and it never goes toward helping any animals.

Tips for Dealing with Scams

One of the best tips for dealing with or avoiding scams is to never click links in emails. This is especially true when the email comes from an unknown email address. Some other tips include:

  • Be wary of anyone who contacts you asking for money.
  • Communicate with the charity directly, not through whatever means you were contacted.
  • Double check that the pictured animal actually exists and is in need of help.
  • Never wire transfer money ton an unknown recipient.
  • Real charities don’t get pushy with asking for donations.
  • Verify that the charity is legit.
  • Verify the email came from the official charity, not some random person.

Penalties for Scamming in California

Scamming people for their hard earned money is illegal in California. There are several laws against the act, and which one a scammer will be charged with is dependent on the scam that was run and who the victims were. Due to this fact, a scammer can face either misdemeanor or felony charges.

Misdemeanor penalties for scamming will typically be:

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

Felony penalties for scamming can include:

  • A state prison sentence of varying lengths dependent on the actual crime.
  • A max fine of $10,000.
  • Formal probation.
  • A possible strike under California’s Three Strikes Law.

Don’t Get Scammed Trying to do a Good Deed

No one wants to get scammed, especially when they are trying to help an animal in need. Unfortunately, there are bad people out there that love to get money the easy way. These scammers have figured out they can convince people to just give them money by pretending there is an animal in need.

Whenever a person contacts you asking for money that should send up red flags about the legitimacy of the charity. Don’t let yourself get scammed while trying to do a good deed.

Do you have any tips about avoiding scams like this? If so, share them in the comments below and help other people avoid this scam and others like it.

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What Kind of Driving Is Worse Than Drunk Driving?

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Driving is something that pretty much every single adult does every day. They drive to get to work, to run errands, and take their kids wherever they need to go. Driving is such a part of everyone’s day to day life that no one really bats an eye at it. Everyone is used to driving, which makes driving more dangerous.

When people deal with something on a daily basis, they tend to forget how risky that something can be. This is definitely the case with driving. On its own, driving can be very dangerous. When travelling that quickly, it doesn’t take much for something to go wrong. This is why a driver needs to keep their focus on the road and the task at hand. Looking away for even a second can have deadly consequences.

Distracted Driving Isn’t Harmless

Distracted driving often seems harmless, which is why millions of people do it every single day. However, these people often fail to realize that by distracting themselves like that, they are increasing their chances of being in an accident. Cellphone use while driving is responsible for roughly 1.6 million car accidents in the US each year. This is around 64% of all car accidents in the US.

Cars are large, heavy objects moving at very high speeds. They need precise control to keep them operating the way we want them to. One small jerk of the steering wheel while driving at 50mph can send the car careening in an unintended direction. If a person takes their eyes off of the car in front of them, they might not see it slam on the brakes, which means they won’t have time to stop their car before slamming into the one in front.

It doesn’t cause much to cause a distraction, which is why certain activities should never be performed while driving. Some of these activities include:

  • Texting
  • Phone calls, hands-free or not
  • Smartphone usage
  • Eating
  • Applying makeup
  • Looking for something in the car
  • Talking to other passengers

All of these activities seem harmless, but reduce a driver’s concentration, thereby increasing their chances of being in an accident.

In some studies, it has been found that texting and driving actually reduces a driver’s response time more than being drunk. This means that texting and driving is more dangerous than driving drunk.

California Laws against Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is such a big deal that the state of California even has laws against it. What started out as laws against using a cellphone, expanded to cover other, common activities that could be considered distracted driving.

If any over the age of 18 is caught using a cellphone or other electronic devices, without hands-free, while driving will face infraction level charges, which means some small fines. Anyone under the age of 18 using any sort of electronic device, even hands-free, while face an infraction and possible suspension of their driver’s license or permit.

Don’t Drive While Distracted

When driving, it is very easy to become distracted. In most cases, looking away for a second seems harmless, and sometimes it is. However, there are plenty of examples of when a person looked away for a second and caused a car accident. If the driver is lucky, they will be able to walk away for the incident. Unfortunately, not all drivers are lucky.

Distracted driving affects everyone, from fresh new drivers to seasoned veterans. It is every driver’s problem, and everyone needs to commit to the idea of remaining focused while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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Distracted Driving in California

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In the state of California, it is illegal to drive while distracted. This of course, means no talking or texting on a cell phone while driving. What many people fail to realize, is that this applies to so much more than distractions caused by a cell phone.

This law also applies to people who are applying makeup, or eating while driving. Basically, doing anything that takes even a portion of the driver’s attention away from driving could be considered distracted driving.

Getting caught for distracted driving can earn the driver a ticket costing anywhere from $450 to $1,000. This may seem like a pretty steep price for eating while driving, but it is meant to remind people of how important it is to remain focused while driving. One slip up while driving is all it takes to completely ruin someone’s life.

An accident can severely hurt, or even kill, yourself or someone else. Nobody wants that, which is why there are laws against distracted driving.

Some of the more important ones are:

  • Drivers over the age of 18 must use hands free methods to make calls while driving.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 cannot use any handheld devices while driving, even with hands-free technology.
  • No texting while driving.

Remember, using a cellphone while driving can be dangerous. That call or text can wait until you have made it to your destination safely.


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What to do in a Police Chase

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Car chases in the movies are exciting and cool, but in real life, getting stuck in the middle of one is dangerous, and nerve wracking. What is the protocol for civilians who are suddenly in the middle of a car chase? This is not something driving school or the DMV teaches people. Do you move to the side of the road because you hear sirens coming your way? Will you have time? Will you have the room to do so?

If a driver has the time and room to move over to the side of the road to let the car chase pass, then they should do so. This does not happen often though, so in all other instances, the driver should continue driving in their lane at the same speed they are going. The police will maneuver around the driver. A driver should never make a lane change if the car chase is too close. They do not accurately know how fast the police cars are coming up behind them, and the police cannot predict the driver’s decision to change lanes. It is much easier for the police if drivers continue driving as they were.


As much as a driver may want to, they should never try and intervene in a car chase to be the hero who helped catch the suspect. It is a dangerous situation because not only are there fast moving vehicles, but they also do not know the type of person or persons inside the vehicle. They may be armed with weapons or drunk. You can get yourself and others injured.


Car chases are all too common in California, especially in Los Angeles where it seems like there is a car chase at least every couple of nights. Car chases are generally thought of as high speed chases. However, there are times when the speed is quite slow, yet the police do not seem to take advantage and speed up to cut them off. This is because the police have tactics and protocols that they must consider in the moment to successfully stop and apprehend the suspect without anyone getting hurt. The majority of police chases end successfully, because the police know what they are doing and the civilians let them do their job without intervening.

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Finally… Street Vending Becomes Legal in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is known for many things: the Dodgers, the Lakers, Hollywood, sunshine, a melting pot of cultures, but it is also known for its less favorable qualities, like being a major U.S. city where street vending is illegal. At long last, those days are no more.


call-sanbernardinobailbonds The city council of Los Angeles voted unanimously to make street vending in Los Angeles legal.


However, this change does not flick on overnight. It will take months for the city to finalize a legal permit system for street vendors. In addition to moving to make street vending legal, the city council also said that any vendors with unpaid fines, at this point, will not face misdemeanor criminal charges, arrest, or deportation.

Legalizing street vending in Los Angeles allows this said melting pot of cultures to melt together even more. By a vast majority, street vendors are individuals who have immigrated here; they are giving so much of their effort to make an honest living doing what they can, and that is selling food or goods on the streets. For a city that vows to protect and support its immigrants, legalizing street vending is another step in that direction.

However, like any legal matter, the legalization of street vending does come with its criticisms. For example, some neighborhoods and communities want the right to choose whether street vending should be allowed within their zip codes at all. Others want say in how many vendors would be allowed per block or a certain radius.

Los Angeles has some time to work out all the kinks to come up with a solution that will please as many people as possible.

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Rialto Bail Bond Store Wants to, and Will, Help You

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Rialto Bail Bond Store is a California bail bonds company that boasts more than others can and helps more than others will. This nearly 30 year old bail bond company has had more satisfied clients than other companies. With our impeccable service, it is no wonder why Rialto Bail Bond Store is one of the most reliable and trusted bail bond companies in the state.

  • 24/7 statewide availability
  • Free consultations
  • Customized payment plans
  • 0% interest
  • No hidden fees
  • Discounts available
  • Kind and genuine licensed bail agents
  • Fast, confidential service
  • Cash, credit, debit, and checks accepted
  • Convenient and secure online payment portal
  • Phone approvals
  • Free, anonymous warrant checks

Clients can tell immediately how genuinely helpful Rialto Bail Bond Store is. We are understanding and flexible, and we will find a way to help anyone who needs us. Our company is family founded and operated; our mission is set around family goals and values. We treat our clients like family, wanting to get your loved one out of jail as much as you do.

You can speak with an agent from Rialto Bail Bond Store anytime. We can be reached online, or at 866-736-6977.

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The Benefits to Bail Bonds

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People associate bail bonds with crime, dangerous people, and jail. All of which, are negative thoughts. At Rialto Bail Bond Store, we understand this. However, it is one of our goals to help you see otherwise. We are here to help bail defendants out of jail and to show why this is a good thing.

Every defendant in jail has concerned and loving family members and friends. Imagine you have a loved one in jail. Now imagine the jail itself: cold, dark, dirty, uncomfortable, and no privacy. The idea of your loved one living here for an unknown amount of time is heartbreaking, but if you use a bail bond, you can bring them home today.

By bringing them home, you can spend more time with them, which they probably want. They can return to work and earn money, sleep and eat well, prepare for the trial, and have some fun every now and then. They will be able to take their minds off the trial and the lingering outcome. They can be happy.

We hope you never need our services, but if you do, Rialto Bail Bond Store can be reached 24/7, both online and at 866-736-6977. We will not let you down.

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Do Ask for Help

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No matter what age their children are, parents will never fully let go of them. They are always going to be there for their children someway, somehow. It is that parental instinct to protect and help, and during the worst of the worst situations, their “being there,” will be no different. If you are ever arrested, count on your parents to help guide you.

You are probably going to have some pride, and not want to tell your parents what happened. You do not want to anger, disappoint, or worry them, but we think you should fill your parents in that you are going to want their support during this tough time.

In addition to them, have someone call Rialto Bail Bond Store. We will be able to bail you out of jail quickly and affordably.

We can be reached anytime, any day online and at 866-736-6977.

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Rialto Bail Bond Store Works Faster Than Others

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In your family, it is not a genuine Christmas unless every single member of the family is there. Your family has managed to work out this tradition, and each member always comes through and shows up. They schedule their other gatherings and obligations around this one. What a tight family who always looks out for each other in times of joy and in need.

As we approach December, it seems that one family member is in serious need of love and support: they were just arrested and are now sitting in jail, hoping to make bail soon.

This is where you and your family step in, offering to help pay for the bail bond so that your loved one can get out of jail faster. More people chipping in helps alleviate stress, which means one person does not have to worry about much.

Rialto Bail Bond Store will help guide you and your family through the bail bond process. We will help make sure your loved one is bailed out of jail in time for your annual holiday gathering.

You can reach us 24/7, both online and at 866-736-6977 .

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Support Starts With You

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The best thing you can do for a loved one when they are in trouble is to help them, not abandon them. Even if you do not know exactly how you are going to help, offer your support and you will be able to figure it out one step at a time. We can tell you the first step is to help bail them out of jail. You may not agree with their actions, but jail time is not the best fit for them. They would not learn anything from you if they are in jail.

In jail, little is offered to inmates. There are very few corrective programs, classes, or counseling opportunities in jail, if any at all. Focused, individual, and/ or passionate guidance is almost nonexistent because well, it is jail. No one really wants to spend their time trying to educate inmates who are unlikely to make a big change for themselves. Advice and help is much more effective from a loving family member or friend at home. This should not be looked at as a time for punishment but instead, time spent together to develop values, relationships, and personal growth. This is personal care, and this is how you can start helping your loved one in need.

For help in posting bail with a bail bond, call Rialto Bail Bond Store at 866-736-6977 or chat online.