United States
May 19, 2007 12:15pm CST
Beware of this!!!! 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 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 , California 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. Check it out here: http://www.snopescom/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
20 May 07
Well, thankfully I haven't gotten the call before your message. Thanks for that and I'll keep that in mind.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
29 May 07
Thanks so much for posting this. It's crazy what people do.
@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
28 May 07
Can you believe this! Criminals will do anything they can think of to get your identification. A friend of mine that's a probation officer sent this to me and I thought it was crazy!
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
28 May 07
Thank you for posting the info. You beat me to the punch, because I had just received this same info in my email last night, and was going to post it. Fortunately, I have never received one of these calls, but now I know what to do if one does come across the phone line. Thanks again.
• United States
24 May 07
Thank you for this information, it will be very helpful. Anytime anytime you are chosen for jury duty you will always be contacted by by a letter from the Sheriffs Department or an official from the court. They will never contact you over the phone. The letter is almost always delivered in person by a Sherrifs Deputy who has to sign a log verfying that the document was delivered to your address