- January 8, 2009 at 1:52 am #269001
I just received this email:
Jury Duty Scam do not delete without reading !
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.
- January 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm #408787
I just sent back my jury summons with a dismissal request. I would have thought nothing of it if someone called me and said they didn’t recieve it. Thanks for the heads up!
- January 8, 2009 at 6:07 pm #408806
You’re quite welcome! I’m glad I could help! 🙂
- January 9, 2009 at 2:15 am #408920
This is another reason I dont answer the phone unless it says who is calling or I recognize the number and I never, never give out my SS# over the phone unless I know they will need it and I made the phone call myself.