A new identity theft scam almost no one knows about – the jury duty scam: Internet ScamBusters #141
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By Audri and Jim Lanford
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Today’s issue is short but *very* important. It’s about a new jury duty scam –
and it’s a new way for scammers to commit identity theft. Please take the few
moments to read this — you’ll be glad you did.
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Jury Duty Scam Leads to Identity Theft
Here’s a new twist scammers are using to commit identity theft: the jury duty
scam. Here’s how it works:
The scammer calls claiming to work for the local court and claims you’ve failed
to report for jury duty. He tells you that a warrant has been issued for your
The victim will often rightly claim they never received the jury duty notification.
The scammer then asks the victim for confidential information for "verification"
Specifically, the scammer asks for the victim’s Social Security number, birth
date, and sometimes even for credit card numbers and other private information
– exactly what the scammer needs to commit identity theft.
So far, this jury duty scam has been reported in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arizona,
Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington state.
It’s easy to see why this works. The victim is clearly caught off guard, and is
understandably upset at the prospect of a warrant being issued for his or her
arrest. So, the victim is much less likely to be vigilant about protecting their
In reality, court workers will never call you to ask for social security numbers
and other private information. In fact, most courts follow up via snail mail and
rarely, if ever, call prospective jurors.
Action: Never give out your Social Security number, credit card numbers or other
personal confidential information when you receive a telephone call.
This jury duty scam is the latest in a series of identity theft scams where scammers
use the phone to try to get people to reveal their Social Security number, credit
card numbers or other personal confidential information.
It doesn’t matter *why* they are calling — all the reasons are just different
variants of the same scam.
Protecting yourself is simple: Never give this info out when you receive a phone
For more on protecting yourself from identity
theft, visit now.
Please let your friends and family know about this jury duty scam (but don’t spam)
– it’s important…