Public Service Announcement

I usually don’t post these sort of items, but this came from a friend with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. He said they’ve seen this scam frequently over the last few weeks.
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JURY DUTY SCAM This has been verified by the FBI (their link is included below). It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call.

Most of us take summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on theircivic 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 she 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 insidious 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 websites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Check it out here:

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

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/j/jury_duty_scam.htm

http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

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