Thursday, December 27, 2007

Public service message

The following is a message I received at my job at the prosecutor's office. I am posting this to warn you of this scam.

Jury Duty Scam

From: Officer Roger Zuniga #1498
Legal Liaison Officer
214 W. Nueva St., San Antonio, Texas 78207

This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below).

Please pass this on. 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.