Could this happen here?

  Bingalau 09:23 03 Jul 2007

Pre warned is pre armed. This is from the U.S.A. and maybe has already happened here in the U.K. but I thought it might be handy to know about....

Jury Duty Scam

Yes, that's right. Another scam has been making its rounds and once again, it's my job to inform you all about it! Chances are, you've probably received an e-mail about a new scam, entitled "Jury Duty," and you're probably wondering if it's true or not. Well, I'm here to tell you that it is. I was actually given this information by a loyal reader, so here's a huge thanks to them! Okay, here's the scoop. The scam actually starts out with a phone call from the scammer. They tell you they work for the local court and that you have failed to show up for your jury duty assignment. The scammer then goes on to tell you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.

Of course, by this time, you are in panic and when they ask you for your information to verify everything, you give it to them right away. This information includes your social security number, your birth date and quite possibly, your credit card number. You know, everything the scammer needs to commit identity theft. It's an easy way to catch you off guard and when you're upset, you're more likely to give out your personal information. It's a win-win situation for the scammer.
The FBI has stated that this scam has already occurred in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington state. They are also reminding you that court workers will never call and ask you for your personal information over the phone. They usually deal with everything through the regular mail. If you're careful not to give out any of your information over the phone, you will be just fine. Like I always say, just use some common sense and these scam artists will not be able to get away with this any longer. Always protect yourself first!

  wee eddie 10:06 03 Jul 2007

I've passed that one on

  Kate B 11:11 03 Jul 2007

Does nobody check Snopes before posting stuff like this? click here

  wee eddie 12:39 03 Jul 2007

You have obviously never dealt with a proper Con-Man.

  Jim Thing 12:41 03 Jul 2007

"Are there really people on this earth who would think that a court official telling you you'd missed jury service would need your credit card number?"

Well, I understand there are people who have travelled to London hotels to meet those nice Nigerian gentlemen who are going to pay them half a million pounds for the use of their bank account...

  Bingalau 13:30 03 Jul 2007

Kate B. well I didn't check "Snopes" or anything else, That article came to me fresh from the good ole US of A, this very morning and as I had never heard of that particular scam. I thought it was worth passing on.

  Kate B 13:55 03 Jul 2007

It just screamed "check Snopes" at me - stuff that comes via endlessly forwarded emails is almost inevitably a hoax, or at any rate shaky.

  wee eddie 13:58 03 Jul 2007

The conman would not have asked for the Credit Card Number.

The Mark would have offered it as a means to pay the Fine. With, of course, a discount for prompt payment.

  laurie53 20:55 03 Jul 2007

I'm afraid it wouldn't scream "check Snopes" at me.

Poor innocent that I am I have no idea what Snopes is (no thanks, I don't need a link, I'll Google it!).


  Forum Editor 23:27 03 Jul 2007

is that anyone would ever fall for it.

  wee eddie 00:03 04 Jul 2007

In my rather disjointed career, I have met people from almost every walk of life and I can tell you that had you met any half decent con-man, you would probably have paid for his defence lawyer.

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