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)
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