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Jury Duty Scam
Saturday, 07 June 2008 04:57

Most of us take summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of scam has surfaced where 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. The scam has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado.  The 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. Simply tell the caller NO, hang up the phone, and report the call to us immediately.

The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.


Safe Tip

Hang up immediately on obscene callers or strangers who ask questions regarding private matters. Many such callers are merely seeking an emotional response and will discontinue their harassment if you avoid a reaction of fear or anger. Chronic harassing phone calls should be reported to the Sheriff's Office.

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