Thursday, June 11, 2009

Jury Scam

There's apparently an interesting scam going around, where you will receive a call from a person claiming to belong to the court system. The caller will say that there is a warrant out for your arrest because you did not show up for jury duty. When you say that you never received a notice that you were called to jury duty, the person will ask for "verifying information" such as your social security number, birth date, or a credit card number.

The moment you give out the information, it's too late. The caller has stolen your identity.

There is actually an article about this on the FBI website, which I found very interesting. Apparently the threat of the scam is legit. Check out the article here.

In the meantime, don't give out your personal information the "officers of the court" over the phone. I would think I wouldn't fall for this, but if a scammer caught me at a frazzled moment, who knows.

Thanks to Karen for sharing. :)

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