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Friday, January 25, 2008

Jury Duty Scam

I have not posted things like this on this blog before, but I think this is important to let people know about it. Several stampers are asking that bloggers post this today to let the public know that this is true. There are links to verify it at the bottom of this post.

JURY DUTY SCAM :

This has been verified by the FBI & Snopes.com (their links are also included at the bottom of this email).

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.

A new and ominous kind of fraud 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 was just stolen. The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado .

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.


Snopes site: says this is real fraud.

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

FBI site: warns about the fraud.
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

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