Monday, April 24, 2006

Jury Duty Fraud Phishing Scam

Got this in the e-mail today

Do you believe it??

----- Original Message -----
From: xxxx
To: yyyy

Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2006 5:45 PM
Subject: Jury Duty Fraud

PS. I [author of this chain e-mail, not Jim] checked this story out on "Fact or Fiction" and this is a true scam being done now.


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 summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of scam has surfaced. Fall for it and your identity could be stolen, reports CBS.

In this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official whothreateningly says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because youdidn‘t show up for jury duty. The caller claims to be a jury coordinator.

If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, thescammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so heor she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant.Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers.

Give out any ofthis information and bingo! Your identity just got stolen.

The scam has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma,Illinois, and Colorado.This (scam) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation overthe phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretendingthey‘re with the court system.

The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts ontheir web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

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