Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Jury Duty Scam

I generally don't pay much attention to all of the scam warnings that go out. But this on seems like it could be a real threat. So, I'm doing my duty and passing it on to all of you.

This is for real. At the bottom of the page you can check it out for yourself. There is a link that will send you to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prove this. It supposedly has not hit California yet but you never know when it will.


This has been verified 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 summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.

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. Give out any of this information and bingo; your identity was just stolen.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado. This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are 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:
And here:
Some site called Snopes

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