Jury Duty Scam – Verified

Normally, I don’t pass these things along because sooner or later, we’ll see this in an email, but since Snopes verifies that it is an authentic scam, (is there such a thing?), and not a scam email about a scam, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to pass this one along. Links to verify are at the end. This is a scam about being summoned to Jury Duty.

This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone you know. It is spreading quickly, so be prepared if 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 DUTY  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 , AZ and more. 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

And here:
http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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