Preventing Identity Theft ~ Scam Alert!

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Real Estate Agent with Maverick Realty

This was in my email today, and I thought it was important enough to post in order to prevent identity theft from occuring to even one person and keeping them from falling into this identity theft trap and disclosing any personal information about themselves.

I know most of us are too smart for this, but it pays to see warnings about any scams that are occurring to keep us on our toes and possibly keep it from happening to you or anyone you know. 

This particular scam has been going on since 2005 and maybe YOU have NOT heard about this. (I know I had NOT). 

Please don't be fooled if someone calls you and tells you they are a jury coordinator and they are issuing a warrant for your arrest because you failed to show up for jury duty as directed. 

If you tell them they are inncorrect and that you did not ever receive a summons for jury duty, they will try to get you to give them your ss#  and/or date of birth or some other piece of information so that they can cancel the arrest warrant. 

Giving this information to them is a gateway to your identity being stolen.  It happens to the best of us.  Just beware of this scam and warn your friends and family! Don't let this happen to anyone! Prevention is the best!

Quoted as per email......" THIS IS A MUST READ..DO NOT DELETE BEFORE  READING.

 

This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your email address book. It is spreading fast so be prepared should you or someone you know, get this call. Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of fraud 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 was just stolen.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma , Illinois , and Colorado . This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are 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: http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm
And here: http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp"     (end of quote from email)

 

Vickie McCartney,Realtor Owensboro,KY

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Rainmaker
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John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
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I don't give out any info to anyone I don't know.  I don't give any information to any one.

May 17, 2008 01:37 PM #2
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Bo Buchanan
Kettley Realtors - Oswego, IL

That's a new one to me.  I probably would have fallen for it.  Thanks for the info. 

May 17, 2008 01:47 PM #3
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Rob Muller
ReMax Town & Country - Canton, GA
Cherokee County Real Estate

Thank you for sharing. This is info that I also don't give out. It is sad that there are so many scams out there.

May 17, 2008 01:48 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Shaun~ I don't ever give information out either, but there are people that do and that is why these scams work in the first place! 

May 17, 2008 01:49 PM #5
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

BO ~ Apparently people are falling for it and getting caught up in the Identity Theft from scams like this.  At least with the internet we can forwarn some people that just may fall for this!

May 17, 2008 02:10 PM #6
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
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Hi Vickie,

I actually heard about this a week ago on our local news. They've got a million of these things, who knows what's next?

May 17, 2008 02:11 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Lynda~ Interesting that it was on the local news, this has been a scam that has been going on since 2005 and I guess it still happens to people becasue they don't know any better.  Some people will do anything to keep from doing REAL work!

May 17, 2008 03:51 PM #8
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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I wouldn't have fallen for that one, but apparently I agreed to have our long distance service switched - finally talked to Quest and they got it straightened out and our $ rebated.

May 17, 2008 04:20 PM #9
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Kathleen~  Those dealings with the phone company can be a real hassle.  But, you know Identity theft would be more than a hassel.....  it would be life altering I would think!

May 17, 2008 04:44 PM #10
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Michael S. Mackey
CENTURY 21 All Islands - Mililani, HI
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Thanks Vickie, I had not heard about this one either. If you can believe it, that Nigerian Banking scam is still floating around, and it's been out even longer.

May 17, 2008 05:01 PM #11
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Michael~  That Nigerian scam has been in my mailbox way too many times.  They are just hoping to catch some poor fool some where that just doesn't know any better!

May 17, 2008 05:05 PM #12
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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
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Vickie,

Thanks for the warning. I will try to pay attention and not get taken in by these kind of people.

May 18, 2008 04:09 AM #13
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Mike~ I know you are too smart for this to happen to you.  But, sometimes even the smart one's get taken and that is why these scams work! 

May 18, 2008 06:29 AM #14
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Vicki, PEOPLE! I think they have to much time on their hands, how do they think this stuff up?

May 18, 2008 08:01 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Duane~  They think this stuff up because they are lazy and devious and looking for the easy way!

May 18, 2008 08:18 AM #16
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Isn't that the pits. Just can't answer your phone anymore, answer emails without wondering if they're for real. One time I asked the person on the other end what he was selling. Uh,....he was a lead lol!

May 20, 2008 04:51 PM #17
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Sally ~ It is the pits that it has come to this.  I am always on my guard when someone calls me  now.  I try to be nice.

Well I had this guy that kept calling me wanting to know what kind of copy machine I had so that I could order toner from him.  I had  previously told him a few times, I wasn't interested

 Well, one of the last times he called me I finally said " I've already  told you I wasn't interested, and besides WHY would I give you that information (about what copy machine I had and what toner I used) So that you can drop ship me something I never ordered?" and I just hung up.  (I was so exasperated with him calling my office and pestering about something I wasn't interested in and besides I was too busy for his games!)

Well, believe it or not, he then called right back and he said  "is this Vickie?" and I said "yes, it is" and he said ( this really is a true story) "You are such a B@#$%"  and I simply said "thank you" and I hung up again!  

May 21, 2008 04:48 AM #18
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Renee Busse
Tennessee Realty - Dyersburg, TN
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Oh my gosh Vickie, some people really have the nerve! Thank you for warning us about this scam. We all better watch out for the tax stimulus scams, I'm sure that there is one out there.

I never give out personal info. if they call (or email), and I tell my kids the same thing.

May 23, 2008 06:04 AM #19
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Vickie, I think you are right, they are looking for the victims that give out their information willingly.

May 25, 2008 05:29 AM #20
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Kathy Clulow
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Vickie - Thanks for the heads up

May 26, 2008 08:47 AM #21
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