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Sent to me by my parents and confirmed by Snopes at http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

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 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

Comments

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alibee
Jan. 11th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
So this was released in 6/06 -- I wonder how much it's still happening now.
Vulpin OpenID [myopenid.com]
Jan. 11th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Enough so that when I went to jury duty yesterday they underlined that they will NEVER ask for such information. *sics Darth Zell on scammers!*
britgeekgrrl
Jan. 11th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh fuck, that's a nasty one. I can see that ploy working *far* too well with *far* too many people.

*shudder*
upstart_crow
Jan. 11th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for posting that! That is nasty.

I'm shocked it hasn't appeared in Utah yet. My state is seriously the telephone scam/real estate fraud capital of the U.S.
fatelvis138
Jan. 12th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
i think the general rule is never give anyone your social security number... ever. If they need it they already have it
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