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Friday, May 23, 2008

Jury Duty Scam

This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). 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:
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm And here: http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

12 comments:

photoquest said...

Wanted to let you know i heard about you from Author Island. Glad i read that scam I'll have to email my friends and family and make sure they know. People spend so much time trying to figure out how they can steal from people. I had my info stolen off paypal of all people, it's supose to be a secure site

Debbie Wallace said...

Welcome from Author Island! Yes, it's surprising how devious people can be. What a world we live in, huh?

I don't use paypal...too chicken:)Sorry you had trouble there.

Lil said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. I had not heard about this particular scam.

Debbie Wallace said...

Every time you turn around it seems there's a new scam out there.

Sandy said...

Hi Debbie,
I've heard about this scam. What a shame. No one can be trusted these days.

LuAnn said...

hI guess that's the advantage of living in a small rural area like where I am. Everyone knows everyone and if there was a question about a jury summons, the auditor would call us personally.
It is interesting, though. Whenever I get a notice about jury duty, there's always a form I have to fill out and send back so they know I got the summons. Is that not how it's done in other places?

Chiron O'Keefe said...

Wow, a new one everyday...

I still get phone calls about the interest rate on my "bank card" (note the lack of specifics). Once the scammers actually had a number that appeared on my caller ID! I called the police and gave all info available.

Yikes...

--Chiron

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the notification. Yeah it's almost Friday

Debbie Wallace said...

I feel the same way, Sandy. I used to be too trusting but now I'm sad to say I don't trust anyone.

Debbie Wallace said...

In our area Launn after we receive the summons we have to call a number to see if our special number is listed, which then tells us to come in or not. However, once I called in and my number wasn't listed so I didn't show up for jury and then got in trouble for ignoring the summons. Got it cleared up but I won't trust their phone system again.

Debbie Wallace said...

LOL, way to go Chiron!

Debbie Wallace said...

You're welcome Cheryl.