Post: JURY DUTY
Posted by Dave on 5/09/07
Please pass this on to everyone in your email address
book. It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get
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.
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JURY DUTY, 5/09/07, by Dave.