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Jury Duty Scam

JURY Duty Scam

Pass this on to your grown children. 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 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

Yep! It's true

Please make sure and pass this on! Please bump as well so everyone can see this!
I actually got a call on this a few days ago before I received his e-mail. I refused to give out my SSN and date of birth. I ask them for a number I can call them back on so I can verify it wasn't a scam and they hung up on me. They called from a block number which is why I was suspicious in the first place.

 
mommy_of_two388

Asked by mommy_of_two388 at 2:01 PM on Mar. 1, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (7)
  • I can see how the perpetrators of this scam would be successful! People just don't think when it comes to "legal" or law enforcement calls. I get calls ALL. THE. TIME. from people CLAIMING they are from "Association/Brotherhoood/Fraternal Order/Benevolent Association" for state and local law enforcement.

    Every time I have nicely told them that I refuse to donate money over the phone, let alone give them a credit card or checking account routing number, and to please MAIL me a donation card/envelope, "surprisingly" I have NEVER received ANYTHING!! Obviously if they're REAL law enforcement and they have my home phone number, you would think they would be able to get my mailing address, but it seems they never get around to it!! LOL SCAM!!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:32 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • It's pretty much a given that you NEVER give out your SS# over the phone. BTW, Courts don't call you on the phone.
    ILovemyPaulie

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 2:11 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • I'd never give my information over the phone.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:32 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • I never answer calls that have blocked numbers. I don't give out my personal information over the phone either. I would have asked for a name and said I was coming down to the courthouse to make sure they get my information correct.


    Thanks for the heads up though, OP.  I am sure a few people that don't know about this will read your post and know what to do if they do get this type of call.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 2:46 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • This scam has been around forever; folks should know to NEVER give out their SS# over the phone.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:13 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • thanks
    letstalk747

    Answer by letstalk747 at 3:07 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • I don't even answer the phone for unrecognized numbers. I sure as hell would not give out my SS over the phone. Plus, I know you will not get a call for ditching jury duty. DH did 7 years ago, and nothing happened.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:09 PM on Mar. 1, 2011