Monday, July 26, 2010

Public Service---Jury Duty Scam

Pass this on to your grown children. 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 DUTY 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:  The FBI Site:
And here at SNOPES

Yep! It's true


Momzy said...

Thanks for the "Tip". Haven't received any calls like this but it would be intimidating to most people. However, I would ask them for their SSN & d.o.b. first.

Tatyanna (and Dorian too) said...

sucks! why is IL always involved? but thank you for posting this; i sent it to lotsa my friends! we hadn't been informed of it anywhere else :)