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Mar 30, 2006 9:12 pm

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 scam

has surfaced. Fall for it and your identity could be stolen, reports CBS

News.



In this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official who

threateningly says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you

didn'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, 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.



Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers. 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 and 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 websites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Mar 31, 2006 9:47 am

Whew....what a relief.   I thought you were going to tell us about your prostate exam 


Actually, a good tip. They are coming up with new scams all the time.  The latest I heard was a person calling from (supposedly) the IRS to confirm your social security number and other information to be sure you get your tax refund.