Friday, November 16, 2007

Phone Scam Alert



This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included above).Please pass this on to everyone in your email address book. It isSpreading fast so be prepared should you get this call.

Most of us take summons for jury duty seriously, but enough peopleskip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of scam hassurfaced. The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protestthat you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks youfor your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she canverify the information and cancel the arrest warrant.

Give out any ofthis information and bingo; your identity just got stolen.The scam has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma,Illinois, and Colorado. This (scam) is particularly insidious becauseThey use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they're with the court system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts ontheir web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Thanks Doris & Bill B.

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