Jury Duty Telephone Scam Resurfaces

Periodically, a telephone scam where a caller appears to be a representative of the court system resurfaces to target potential victims, leading to identity theft. To protect you and your customers' identities from being stolen, please be aware of how the scam works so preventative measures can be taken.

How the Scam Works
An individual calls claiming to be a jury coordinator and questions why you did not report for jury duty as required. The caller]s tone is stern and alludes to an arrest warrant being issued for failure to report for jury duty. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your date of birth and Social Security number so her or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. If you provide your personal information to the caller, your identity has bee stolen. This type of scan is effective because the caller uses intimidation tactcs to bully people into providing their personal information over the telephone.

Fraud Prevention Tips
Follow the tips below to prevent fraud:

  • Never provide a caller with your personal information such as your date of birth or Social Security number.
  • Do not give in to bullying or intimidation tactics from the caller.
  • Report any suspicious calls to local authorities, especially those calls where someone requests your personal information over the telephone and appears to be using intimidation tactics as a means to acquire that information.

Additional Information
The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their Web sites making people aware of this jury duty telephone scam. For more information, go to: <
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.html>.