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
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.
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.