Full Version: Jury Duty

From: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#1]
 11 Mar 2007
To: ALL

This was sent to me by my cousin.

Jury Duty

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 the summons 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 has just been stolen. The scam has been reported so far in 11 states.

This scam is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to 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 web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Pass this on.

From: Laser Image (LASER_IMAGE) [#2]
 11 Mar 2007
To: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#1] 12 Mar 2007

I always check snopes.com when I hear about anything like this, especially anything that seems like it could be an urban legend. This, however, is very real. It's not new but it is a threat. Here is a link to the story on snopes.

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

If you get those "watch out for this" or "the government isn't printing In God We Trust on money anymore", I urge you to check out snopes. There are a lot of people who are only trying to do good but they are clogging up everyones email with junk.

Gary


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