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Jury duty scam

post #1 of 5
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My wife works for a bank and this was just passed around by their head of security.


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 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.

Check it out here: http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp
post #2 of 5
Not a new scam, but a good one for folks to be aware of. Thanks.

Note: it's not clear that it is "spreading fast" any more, so let's be mindful of hyping these kinds of things, as well. Thanks...
post #3 of 5
I think the big picture lesson is, if you did not initiate contact with someone you trust, no personal info.

If they call you, no personal info.

If they email you, no personal info.

If the snail mail you, no personal info.
post #4 of 5
For something this critical I ask for a call back number and then check the number with the police or court I may be working with via the main line of the courthouse or other municipal agency.

I do not call back on the number (if) provided .... I call the main line of the agency.
post #5 of 5
On the radio I just heard about a scam similar to phishing. You get an email from a Bank/Credit Card Company/etc. Instead of a website they provide an 800 number. You call this and get into the standard phone answering tree. They ask questions and you supply answers by pressing the buttons on the phone. People don't think of this as the scam it is and are comfortable with giving out the information.

They are looking to catch you unaware from a different angle. So, beware, don't give out personal information, etc. There are some very nasty people out there.
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