Jury Duty Scam - USA

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#1
I haven't heard of this one before, but given the low-lifes in the scamming business, I can't say I'm suprised by it. A friend of mine sent me this email:
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. 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. 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.

The FBI website (http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel05/092805.htm) says:
For Immediate Release
September 28, 2005
Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

TELEPHONE FRAUD INVOLVING JURY DUTY
Washington, D.C. - The FBI today is providing a warning to the public against an ongoing scheme involving jury service. The public needs to be aware that individuals identifying themselves as U.S. court employees have been telephonically contacting citizens and advising them that they have been selected for jury duty. These individuals ask to verify names and Social Security numbers, then ask for credit card numbers. If the request is refused, citizens are then threatened with fines.

The judicial system does not contact people telephonically and ask for personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth or credit card numbers. If you receive one of these phone calls, do not provide any personal or confidential information to these individuals. This is an attempt to steal or to use your identity by obtaining your name, Social Security number and potentially to apply for credit or credit cards or other loans in your name. It is an attempt to defraud you.

If you have already been contacted and have already given out your personal information, please monitor your account statements and credit reports, and contact your local FBI office. Local FBI field office telephone numbers can be found in the front of your local telephone directory or on www.fbi.gov. For further information, please review the warnings posted on the U.S. Courts website at www.uscourts.gov, "Newsroom" news article "WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May lead to Fraud," August 19, 2005.
Additional information can be found at:
http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp
 
#2
Proof once again, if proof were needed, that there is no level scammers won't stoop too. And getting your SSN. That's bad. Never give to anyone on the internet. That leads to identity theft.
 
#5
JURY DUTY SCAM

This has been verified by the FBI (their link is 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 summons 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, 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.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/j/jury_duty_scam.htm
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm
 
#6
Phone Scams

Telephone Fraud Involving Jury Duty

How it works: Individuals identifying themselves as U.S. Court employees have been contacting citizens by telephone and informing them that they have been selected for jury duty. The caller asks to verify names and Social Security numbers and then asks for credit card numbers. If the request is refused, citizens are then threatened with fines and prosecution for failing to comply with jury duty.

Federal courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call, such as Social Security numbers or credit card numbers. Most contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be through the U.S. Mail.

How to protect yourself: If you receive one of these phone calls, do not provide any personal or confidential information to these individuals. This is an attempt to steal or to use your identity by obtaining your name, Social Security number, and potentially to apply for credit or credit cards or other loans in your name.

If you have already been contacted and have already given out your personal information, please monitor your account statements and credit reports, and contact your local FBI office. It is a crime for anyone to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal court official.

source: http://www22.verizon.com/pages/securityalerts/
 
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