On 5/09/07, Dave wrote:
> Jury Duty
> 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 the 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 has just been stolen. The
> scam has been reported so far in 11 states. This scam is
> particularly insidious because they use intimidation over
> the phone to try to bully people into giving information
> 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.
> Pass this on.
> I checked Snopes and this is for real. Here is the link
> if you want to check it out.
Thanks for the tip Dave !!