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05 August 2008

Jury Duty Scam

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 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 C 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

Check it out here: http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

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

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