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"Jury Duty" Scam: Identity Theft

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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 summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of scam 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 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.

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Thanks for the heads up. Sounds like a pretty good scam.
Brilliant! Guess I'm going to have to change my tactics.

Thanks for the idea... er, I mean information :histeric:

I have done jury duty and gotten several summons.
I am familiar enough with the process not to fall into a ruse like that but it is nice to know about things like that going on.

Another reason why I only have a cell phone.
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