Fake Amazon Email Scam

Fake Amazon Email Scam

With Christmas around the corner, many consumers are taking to shopping online to get the perfect gifts for their friends and family members. This means a lot of people will be using Amazon, and scammers know this. They are taking advantage of this increase in shopping to hopefully catch people off guard.

All Amazon shoppers need to be wary of a new email scam that is currently going around. The email is designed to look like it is an official email from Amazon Customer Services. The email claims that there was a problem with the person’s last order, and that it cannot be shipped until the person validates their information. The email offers a link that when clicked takes the person to a site that resembles Amazon, but is not the official site. If a person puts there info into this site, they give it to the scammers.

Amazon has issued a warning about this, as well as advice on how to avoid these kinds of scams in the future. If you receive an email supposedly from Amazon and it wants any of the following, it is probably a scam.

• Something went wrong, or a confirmation about an order you didn’t place.
• Requests for your username and password.
• Requests to update payment information.
• Links to websites that are similar to Amazon, but are not actually Amazon.
• Requests or attachments to install software.
• Typos and grammatical errors.
• An email address that doesn’t end with “@amazon.com”

 
If you see any of this in an email, it is most likely a scam. However, if you feel that you need to check your account on Amazon to be sure, go to Amazon on your own and access your account from there. Never use links in suspicious emails.

Lastly, to be sure that you are, in fact, on the official Amazon site, check the URL. All websites that deal with financial information have a URL that starts with https, not http. If there is no s, then you are not on Amazon.

Amazon, as well as every other online retailer, will not require their customers to provide information over email. They definitely will not ask for social security numbers for verification either. Learn to recognize scams, and you will be a lot safer when you shop online.

Getting in Trouble for a DUI

Getting in Trouble for a DUI

You went out with friends the other night, and you thought someone else was going to be the designated driver. As it turns out, it was actually your turn to be the designated driver. Now you have to drive everyone home after a few drinks. Against your better judgement, you say you feel fine and decide to drive everyone home. After all, you’re the only one that can walk in a semi straight line.

While driving back to your house you get sleepy, and your driving skills are really slipping up. A cop notices you swerving and pulls you over. Whether or not your intentions were good, and you didn’t hurt anyone, you were still driving while intoxicated. The officer arrests you for DUI. Now what?

You call the people you know you can depend on. Maybe a family member, or maybe you call us, Bail Bonds in Tulare, because we are absolutely there when you need us. Once you call us, you will immediately be in contact with one of our trained bail agents who are available 24/7. Our bail agent will help make this situation go as smoothly as possible.

DUI bail can cost you anywhere from $500 to $10,000! That is without any priors. If you do have priors, a DUI can cost you up to $50,000! That is a lot of money for one decision. The bail agent will take your information, and get an affordable payment setup for you. On top of that, you can avoid going to jail for six months or more.

Nobody has time for that, so call 559-784-8660 whenever you need help posting bail.

What to Do During an Evacuation

What to Do During an Evacuation

In the state of California, wildfires are fairly common. The weather and climate here makes it easy for wildfires to spread and grow out of control. Due to this fact, it is important that everyone know what they need to do in case they ever need to evacuate due to a fire.

Before an evacuation is ever ordered, or a fire has even begun to spread, it is important to have things prepared. This way, if an evacuation is ordered, you will be ready to handle it. Cal Fire recommends creating an evacuation checklist. This will help ensure you grab everything important in the event of an evacuation. Some of the things that should be included on this list are:

• Necessary medications
• Important papers and photos
• Essential valuables
• Transport for pets and/or livestock and some food for those animals
• Spare clothes
• Toiletries
• Cell phone
• An evacuation map with at least 2 routes on it

 
In the event that a fire breaks out, and an evacuation may be ordered for your area, use your evacuation list and begin grabbing everything on it. Pack up your car, and have it facing out of the driveway. Keep pets close by in case an evacuation is ordered.

Once an evacuation is ordered, follow the instructions of local law enforcement agencies.

No one wants to leave there home and risk never seeing it again due to a fire. However, leaving is the best thing to do. It helps keep you safe and out of the way so emergency officials can do their job.

Don’t Forget Your Pets

Don’t Forget Your Pets

It’s that time of year where traveling, shopping, and stressing over family gatherings are a typical thing. With this being a stressful time, folks often forget about their furry companions.

For starters, Christmas trees and pets can be a dangerous combination. Cats have a tendency to chew, and play with the ornaments and tree. If a tree isn’t anchored properly, it can fall over and do some serious damage.

Tinsel can also be a hazard for pets as well. With tinsel being shiny, pets may be tempted to try to eat it. Cats and dogs are thrilled to chew bits and pieces of the glittering decoration. The same applies to having holly or mistletoe in the house as well. Both holly and mistletoe are poisonous to your pets, so you may want to opt for the fake kind.

Try to avoid over feeding pets this holiday season. Sure it’s fun to sneak them the occasional leftover piece of meat. However, what may be okay for humans to eat, may not be okay for a pet. Also don’t spoil your pet with treats. Treats may be safe for your pet in moderation, but should not be given in substitution for a meal.

If you ever doubt what is safe for your pet this holiday season, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends getting in contact with a veterinarian.

Tips and Tricks for Family Gatherings

Tips and Tricks for Family Gatherings

The Holidays can be stressful with trying to figure out how to cook a turkey, to making travel arrangements. To add to the stress, holidays also involve major family time. It’s time to get together with family members you haven’t seen in years. This can be the most stressful part of the holidays for some.

WebMD suggests that this time of year is stressful because it brings up unwanted memories and unhealthy relationships. Unwanted memories could consist of grief from a family member passing, embarrassing family stories, and uncomfortable situations for you. Unhealthy relationships would be considered relationships where you don’t feel like you’re being understood by the other. Another unhealthy relationship may be where you are constantly being harassed by someone.

Psychology Today released an article saying that they are three choices in dealing with an unhealthy relationship:

• Maintain the Status Quo
• Try to Change the Other
• Change Yourself

 
If you decide to maintain the status quo, you’ll have to accept that your relationship with this person will not change. This means accepting that Aunt Karen will always make you feel bad for not having a significant other, a mansion, three different “useful” master degrees, and a “real job”.

If you decide to try to change the other person you will need to keep an open mind, and prepare for any possible outcome. Even though you may want to yell at Aunt Karen for always belittling you, this is not the most productive way to change the relationship.

Finally, if you decide to give into Aunt Karen’s demands and change yourself, you’re taking the high road. By changing yourself you can either change your mind set about the situation, or change your feelings.

Whatever option you decide to go with this holiday season, just remember to have fun and enjoy those family members that don’t get on your last nerves.

Things to Know When Traveling this Season

Things to Know When Traveling this Season

It’s that magical time a year again when families get together to celebrate the holidays. Modern transportation has made getting together for family traditions easier. However, traveling can still be tricky for some. Navigating airports, roadways, and bus/train stations can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips and tricks to make traveling this season easier.

Buy transportation tickets as early as possible. Whether you plan on traveling by bus, plane, or train, the later you wait to buy your ticket, the more in demand that seat becomes. With a higher demand the prices are likely to sky rocket.

Book your plane tickets strategically. According to Fare Compare, the best day to buy a plane ticket is Tuesday around 3 p.m. eastern time. This is when airlines release their competitive prices for seats. However Time.com released an article, Actually, Tuesday Isn’t the Cheapest Day to Buy Plane Tickets, and suggests that buying a ticket on Tuesday doesn’t always guarantee the best price. However, Time highly recommends that people avoid purchasing tickets on Sunday, and suggests that Thursday is another great day to purchase tickets. Fare Compare also recommends traveling mid-week for cheaper seats. This is because traveling during the week is less popular for families who wish to take advantage of the weekend and miss as little school or work as possible.

Schedule your trip so you arrive early. Many people forget that everyone else is trying to go home for the holidays too. With unpredictable weather and traffic, it is common to experience delays in your travel plans, so be prepared!

Hand sanitizer will save you this holiday season. It can help protect you from unwanted germs, this is the season for colds and flus after all. No one wants to be missing out on all the grand festivities.

Dress comfortably while traveling this season. Traveling is already stressful enough, at least do it in comfort. If you’re flying, or driving long distance, being comfortable can help take the edge off.

Did You Know You Can Track Santa?

Did You Know You Can Track Santa?

Old Saint Nick is coming to town this holiday season. He’s checking his list, and he’s going to be taking a trip around the world to deliver presents. With the help of modern technology we can now track Santa Claus as he makes his journey.

Google has a fun, interactive way to keep tabs on Kris Kringle. By typing “Santa Tracker” into the Google search box, you will be able to pull up the Santa Village. Once you’ve clicked on that you will have access to the Village, which has a new game for every day in December. On December 24 you’ll be able to help the village track Santa on his Christmas Eve trip.

Another popular tracker is the Official North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker. This one is more realistic and high tech. They have real time temperature of the North Pole, as well as games. The website has a Christmas playlist, and fun facts about NORAD. The even have a section of top secret files on Santa Claus.

There are several apps that claim to track Santa as well. For android there is Google Santa Tracker, and for IOS there is Where is Santa Lite. Keeping track of Santa this season will be easier than ever, thanks to our advanced technology and tracking systems. This is a great way to keep kids entertained around Christmas, and keep them believing in the magic that is Santa Claus.

The Cold Weather Is Here

The Cold Weather Is Here

Colder weather is rolling in and we need to be ready. Winter is less than a month away and with freezing temperatures in the forecast, we must be prepared to drive to work in less than ideal conditions.

“Winter is coming,” says any Game of Thrones fan, and they aren’t lying.

Winter starts December 21 and lasts till March 20. This weather can be inconvenient and take a deadly turn if you aren’t prepared. AAA, a nationwide roadside assistance and insurance company, offers several recommendations for commuters driving in hazardous conditions.

AAA states the following on their website:
“Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Make certain your tires are properly inflated. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand). Always look and steer where you want to go. Use your seatbelt every time you get into your vehicle.”

The colder weather brings out many fun activities. The overbearing heat of summer is finally fading away and the mountain are starting to receive snow. This brings out the snowboarders, and skiers while drivers begin grabbing the chains for their tires. Snow reports start appearing as beach reports start to phase out. Luckily, here in California, we will not experience the harsher weather that the rest of the country will. Most Californians will mainly experience sunshine with the occasional stormy day.

More DUI Checkpoints around Holidays

More DUI Checkpoints around Holidays

If you are out driving around near the holidays, you might have noticed an increase in DUI checkpoints. This is typical of any holiday where people drink more alcohol than usual. Officers know that drinking will increase around the holidays, which will lead to an increase in drunk drivers.

The goal of these DUI checkpoints is to reduce the amount of drunk drivers that are on the road. By doing this, officers can save hundreds of lives from being involved in a drunk driving accident. While checkpoints may slow down traffic, they help keeping everyone on the road safe.

Many people do not know that they are allowed to avoid DUI checkpoints, provided they do so without breaking any traffic laws. This is why DUI checkpoint locations are announced ahead of time, to allow people to plan their routes accordingly.

When a person approaches a checkpoint, they can expect to run into a bit of traffic. When they get to the front of their line they should wait until an officer motions for them to move forward. From there, the officer will ask a few questions, and may ask to see the driver’s license and registration. After this, if the officer has no reason to suspect that the driver has been drinking, the driver will be allowed to continue to their destination.

However, if the officer has reason to believe that the driver has been drinking, the driver will need to pull over to a designated area. From there, an officer will conduct a field sobriety test to officially determine if the driver is drunk. Depending on the situation, the driver could then be arrested, forced to sit in a drunk tank, or need to wait for a sober driver to pick them up.

DUI checkpoints may slow down traffic, but they help save lives by keeping drunk drivers off of the streets. It is only natural that more checkpoints start popping up around days where heavy drinking occurs.

What Is a Statute of Limitations?

What Is a Statute of Limitations?

Everyone knows that when something bad happens to them, they typically have the ability to take legal action. This allows them to get compensation to take care of any bills that might have encountered due to the incident. What many people do not realize, is that there is a time limit for when they can seek legal compensation for different crimes.

This is referred to as a statute of limitations. Every single crime in the state of California has a statute of limitations. This means that a person has a set amount of time a person can seek legal compensation. After the time has passed, a person can no longer seek legal compensation for that incident.

The length of the statute of limitations is dependent on the crime or incident. Since the statute of limitations varies from case to case, it can be hard to give specifics. However, here are a few general examples.

• 2 years for injuries caused by negligence.
• 3 years for injuries that resulted from domestic violence.
• 3 years for medical malpractice
• 4 years for a breach of a written contract.

 
Those are just a few examples of different statute of limitations within the state of California. For more specific information about certain crimes or incidents and their statutes of limitation, a person should consider seeking advice from an experienced lawyer.