Jury Duty Scam: Beware of Callers “from the courts”

My husband just got a summons for jury duty the other day. 

I personally haven’t gotten one for over 10 years, probably due to the fact that all the potential jurors in my last group were sent home in the middle of the selection process.  One of the members had been overheard talking about the case, and we were all questioned individually by the officials and then dismissed.  I must be blackballed.

Included in my husband’s summons was a note about a scam that has been going around since at least 2001.  This has been verified by  Snopes.com, the FBI, and the court systems.  Today, I received the following email on the same topic, and thought it would be good to pass along.  Here is the gist of the message:

Jury Duty Scam

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 coordinator contacting you because you didn’t show up for duty,
and an arrest warrant is out for you.

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 Michigan, Ohio,
Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington state, 
 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. Check it out here: http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

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

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