Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | March 17, 2010

Identity Theft through Fake Jury Summons

Identity Thieves are crafty- don't let them catch you unaware.

Last post we talked about guarding your Social Security Number at all costs.

Case in point: identity theft through fake jury summons:

You may dread getting that call to jury duty, but you probably don’t just ignore it.  Lamentably, enough people do in fact avoid their civic duty  to the point 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 Bam!, your  identity was just stolen.

Is it for real?

This scam has been reported  so far in 11 states, and has been confirmed by the FBI, as well as Snopes (LOVE that snopes.com carries more weight than the FBI for most of you).  The FBI and the federal court system  have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites , warning consumers about the fraud.

From our home to yours– guard your SS# as if it were your firstborn child.  In fact, don’t even tell your firstborn child what it is.

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Responses

  1. That is really scary! I hadn’t heard about this yet. Thanks for the warning.

  2. You’re very welcome Kate! It is scary the lengths people will go to to steal your identity!


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