Jury Duty Scam
Yes, that’s right. Another scam has been making its rounds and once again, it’s my job to inform you all about it! Chances are, you’ve probably received an e-mail about a new scam, entitled “Jury Duty,” and you’re probably wondering if it’s true or not. Well, I’m here to tell you that it is. I was actually given this information by a loyal reader, so here’s a huge thanks to them! Okay, here’s the scoop. The scam actually starts out with a phone call from the scammer. They tell you they work for the local court and that you have failed to show up for your jury duty assignment. The scammer then goes on to tell you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.
Of course, by this time, you are in panic and when they ask you for your information to verify everything, you give it to them right away. This information includes your social security number, your birth date and quite possibly, your credit card number. You know, everything the scammer needs to commit identity theft. It’s an easy way to catch you off guard and when you’re upset, you’re more likely to give out your personal information. It’s a win-win situation for the scammer.
The FBI has stated that this scam has already occurred in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington state. They are also reminding you that court workers will never call and ask you for your personal information over the phone. They usually deal with everything through the regular mail. If you’re careful not to give out any of your information over the phone, you will be just fine. Like I always say, just use some common sense and these scam artists will not be able to get away with this any longer. Always protect yourself first!