Monday, June 04, 2007

Jury Duty & Identity Theft

From an email:

As-salamu `alaykum,

This is a real scam that is taking place, and this e-mail is not a
hoax. Forward to friends if you feel it's necessary.


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 summons for jury duty seriously, but enough
people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of
scam has surfaced. 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
can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant.

Give out any of this information and bingo, your identity just got
stolen. The scam has
been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and
Colorado. This (scam) is particularly insidi ous 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.

Check it out here:

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