June 25, 2009

Jury Duty Fraud!

Hello ladies! Here is an e-mail that my MIL sent me today and please read it! This is some scary stuff... I wanted to do my part in spreading the news, resulting in protecting all you bloggie buddies out there:) I had never heard of this before but I could see where a lot of people would fall for it! I'm also posting links at the bottom for you to do your own research on it!

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 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 fraud.


  1. WOW! THATS CRAZY!thanks for spreading the word...thank goodness it hasnt happened to me!

  2. Thanks for sharing... I never would have given it a second thought!

  3. Oh my gosh, that's terrifying! How scary. What is this world coming to??? Thanks for posting this!

  4. I'm from IL so I have heard of this before. I never give my social security number out over the phone, unless I am the one who made the call. Even then I am a little apprehensive.

  5. Yeah I've heard this has been going on. This is such a horrible scam!


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