OT but serious: Jury Duty Scam

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SpaceMouse

Fun Lover
JURY DUTY SCAM - This has been verified on Snopes.com (link listed
below) and by the FBI (their link is also included below.)

Please pass this on to everyone in your email address book. It is
spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call. Most of us
take those summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on
their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of scam has surfaced.

Fall for it and your identity could be stolen, reports CBS. In
this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official who threateningly
says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn't show up
for jury duty. The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest
that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for
your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the
information and cancel the arrest warrant. Sometimes they even ask for
credit card numbers. Give out any of this information and bingo!
Your identity just got stolen.

The scam has been reported so far in 11 states, including
Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado. This (scam) is particularly insidious
because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving
in formation by pretending they're with the court system. The FBI and
the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web
sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Check it out here:
http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

F.B.I.
http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel05/092805.htm
 

RexHea

RAIL BENDER
Thanks Chip for the heads-up. I shudder to think of how many people, particularly Senior Citizens that will fall for this. Is our world getting worst or are we just more aware?
 

jbaakko

Diesel Detail Freak
I still can't figure out how people fall for this kind of stuff? You should damn well know by the age of 18 that NO ONE calls you asking for your SSN, EVEN in the military!
 

Brakie

Member
Chip,Thanks for the heads up.However..Here in Ohio they mail you a summons if you fail to show up another letter will arrive asking you to contact the court.It would be a very gullible person to fall for that scam.
I wonder how many folk even knows about the privacy act?
 

U-3-b

GTW in the summer of 53
The world is full of gullible people. If it were not, there would be no con artist. As someone who is in Law Enforcement I see this kind of stuff all the time. I think just about every state summons people for jury duty by mail.

Steve
 

NZRMac

In Training Down Under.
Same over here, except if you don't go a court officer arrives and takes you in!!

Ken.
 




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