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Thread poster: Rafa Lombardino

Rafa Lombardino
United States
Local time: 02:02
Member (2005)
English to Portuguese
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Feb 10, 2006

Here is a new twist that scammers are using to commit identity theft:
the jury duty scam.

According to the San Diego Better Business Bureau, here's how it works:
The scammer claims to work for the local court system and accuses the victim of failing to report for jury duty. Then, the scammer tells the victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest.

When the victim correctly replies they never received the jury duty notification, the scammer will ask for personal information for "verification purposes," such as Social Security numbers, birth date, bank-account numbers and credit-card numbers -- everything the scammer needs to steal someone's identity.

So far, this scam has been reported in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington state.

It's easy to see why this scam works: The victim, caught off guard, is understandably upset at the possibility of being arrested and less likely to be vigilant about protecting their confidential information.

The truth is that court workers will never call someone to obtain their Social Security numbers and other private information. Most of the time, the courts will follow-up with snail mail and rarely, if ever, make phone calls to prospective jurors.

Please visit www.sandiego.bbb.org to view additional tips, scam alerts and warnings.


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Rina LS  Identity Verified
Serbia
Local time: 11:02
Member
English to Serbian
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Thanks a lot! Feb 10, 2006

Thanks a lot for this information. It is quite a bit useful.
Unfortunately, this is not the situation in the USA only!

We should all be aware of this fact!

Cheers!

Rina


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Graciela Carlyle  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:02
English to Spanish
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there must be a million scams around... Feb 10, 2006

But I think I've spotted another one in the UK.

Tonight, at 8:20 PM someone rang asking for my husband saying it was from the Tax Credits office (number withheld). When he answered, this person asked him for his date of birth; my husband asked why they'd want that information and he was told for verification purposes.
My husband immediately hung up and they didn't ring again.

If YOU ring them (them = credit cards, social security, tax office, insurance, etc), it's understandable that they will need to verify who is calling, but if THEY ring you, there's nothing to verify. Don't give any details, names or any info to anyone ringing you
Stay safe,
Grace.


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:02
French to English
That's very sound advice Feb 11, 2006

Graciela Carlyle wrote:

If YOU ring them (them = credit cards, social security, tax office, insurance, etc), it's understandable that they will need to verify who is calling, but if THEY ring you, there's nothing to verify. Don't give any details, names or any info to anyone ringing you


I've actually stopped giving 'them' (:-)) my phone number. In some 20 years of adult (!) life, I've never once been called by my bank, insurance company, the inland revenue or anyone like that. So when I moved recently, I just didn't give them a phone number. They appear to be able to cope. They invariably write. It also means that I will hopefully be able to tell if someone's pulling a fast one by pretending to be from one those organisations.


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