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Jury Duty Scam

Southeast Alaskas Island News of Thorne Bay, Alaska

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The Troopers are warning the public against a scam hitting the nation aggressively pursuing identity theft through jury duty summons.

The caller claims to be a jury coordinator and states that you failed to show up for jury duty. 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. The caller claims they need the information to check their system for an error and so the fictitious arrest warrant can be cleared. DO NOT COMPLY!!! By providing the caller with your personal information, you become the victim of identity theft.

Most people take summonses for jury duty seriously, but there are enough people that skip out on their civic duty that this new scam has surfaced. This scam has been reported in 11 states. The scam is particularly insidious because the callers pretend to be with the court system & use intimidation tactics over the phone to try to bully people into giving information. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Check it out here: page2/j une06/j ury_scams060206.htm

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Original Publication Date: February 2, 2009

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