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Identity Theft: Jury Duty Scam

by Ryan Guina

There is a new Identity Theft Scam currently going on around the United States. Thieves are identifying themselves as U.S. Court jury coordinators, and contacting people to inform them they have been selected for jury duty. After informing the person they have been selected for jury duty, they ask to verify personal information over the telephone.

Of course, most people state they have never received a jury summons, and the “jury coordinator” asks to verify their name, address, birth date, and Social Security Number so they can cancel the arrest warrant that has been issued in their name. They may also ask to verify credit card numbers.

This scam works on intimidation by threatening people with a fictitious arrest warrant. Don’t fall for it! The court system will not ask you for your personal information. If you receive a call like this, ask them for a phone number where you can call them back. Then verify that information is the same as your local court.

If you receive a similar call, contact your local police station, and the FBI.

This scam has been verified by the FBI. Be careful folks, there are a lot of people out there trying to separate you from your hard earned money.


Published or updated February 26, 2011.
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1 dimes

Ugh, another scam! I keep getting the automated calls from “Cardholder Services” or “the warranty department for your car” where if you press 1 you’re connected to a “live agent” who presumably farms your information.
I’m tempted to connect to the live agent, just to see what kind of car/d they think I own.

2 Ryan

Unfortunately, I don’t think the scams will ever stop.

I don’t get those junk automated phone calls – but that is because my wife and I only have cell phones. We have cable Internet service, so we just don’t see the need to have a land line.

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