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Ralph
07-30-2013, 01:30 PM
[I independtly verified this through Snopes. In general you will almost never be contacted by phone for anything related to jury duty. Be suspicious if you are.]

Pass this on to your grown children and anyone else you can think of. This has
been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your e-mail address book. It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call. 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 fraud has surfaced.

The caller claims to be a jury duty 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. Give out any of this information and bingo; your identity was just stolen.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including OK,IL, CO, AZ, OR and more. This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system.
The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Check it out here:
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm>
And here:
http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp>
Yep! It's true

patrat
07-30-2013, 04:20 PM
Its true, but dated. Snopes last updated that page in 2007.

Ralph
07-30-2013, 04:43 PM
True enough, but this is the type of thing that keeps coming around. I suppose the best rule is that regardless of what your caller claims, NEVER give out personal information during a call you did not orginate - and very carefully then. These are all variations of the same theme. Someone calls you claiming to be a jury coordinator, your credit card company, your bank or the IRS and asks to verify inormation they would almost certainly have.