Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Telephone Jury Duty Scam - Be Careful Answering the Phone

The "jury duty scam" that was prevalent in 2005-2006 has resurfaced once again in early 2011.  (See "Avoid Jury Notices Rigged to Get Your ID", AARP, January 31, 2011).  The short of it is you receive a telephone call by a jury duty official threatening jail or a fine because you didn't act upon a jury duty summons (which you never received of course).  The caller then says he can rectify the matter if he can identify you over the phone by you providing your Social Security number, birth date, and other data (don't do this!).

Read more in:

Maine State Court Officials Issue Warning About Jury-Duty Scam
http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Court_News&id=98942&v=article

Maine Officials Warn of Identity Theft Scam - Jury Duty Scam
http://www.blogger.com/

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

The Verdict: Hang Up
http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2006/june/jury_scam060206

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