Posted by Melvin Bray on July 23rd, 2008 filed in Useful Perhaps

It’s amazing that we are so used to being extorted by our own government that this even works. It’s supposedly 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 con artist 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 swindle has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado. It 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 websites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Check it out here:

Since I’ve been all over the place looking for a job, this has me wondering how vulnerable I’ve made myself to identity fraud just by filling out applications.

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