Called for Jury Duty? Be Weary About Potential Scam

Servicemembers should be particularly vigilant about protecting personal information if you receive any phone call about being summoned for jury duty. News around the fleet suggests that there is a resurgence in recent months of a jury duty phone scam affecting communities in several states.

The caller claims to be a jury duty 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 for not showing up for duty. The caller then offers to resolve the situation by paying a fine over the phone using your credit card. The scammer then has all the information necessary to steal your identity and perpetuate further crimes against you.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado, AZ and more. 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.

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