Jury Duty Scam
JURY DUTY SCAM:
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 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. 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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Re: Jury Duty Scam
Thanks for the heads-up, Wiltz.
This is esp insidious, considering all the stories I've seen/read recently about getting citizens to participate in juries... some using the carrot approach (free parking, increased per-day pay), others using the stick (no more exemptions based on job or disability, tougher fines/punishments for those who fail to show).