New 'Jury Duty Scam' Seeks Personal Information By Direct Phone Contact
 
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New 'Jury Duty Scam' Seeks Personal Information By Direct Phone Contact

San Diego, CA -  A new scam is underway, nationwide, to trick people into giving out their personal information. It is known among military and civilian law enforcement as the 'Jury Duty Scam' which is being utilized by credit and identity thieves to deceive victims into revealing their personal information.

According to a Criminal Information Bulletin from the 31st Military Police Detachment at Fort Campbell, KY., here is how the scam works:

1) The scammer calls a residence or office phone number of the victim and identifies themselves as an officer or employee of the local court or jurisdiction. The thief tells the victim that he or she has failed to report for jury duty and that a bench warrant for their arrest was issued against them.

2) The victim's reaction is one of shock and surprise and it placesthe victim at an immediate disadvantage, and much more susceptible to the scam. The potential victim will rightly deny knowledge of any such claim; that no such Jury Duty notice was ever received.

3) The scammer then shifts into 'high gear' and reassures the victim of the possibility this is all 'just a misunderstanding' or 'some sort of clerical error' that can be straightened out on the phone. All the victim needs to do is 'verify' some of their information by answering a few simple questions.

Any sort of reluctance on the victim's part and the scammer threatens that failure to provide this information will result in the immediate execution of the arrest warrant.

The scammer obtains the names, Social Security Numbers, dates of birth and will also solicit credit card or bank account numbers claiming these will be used by their credit bureau to 'verify' the victim's identity.

Family members who receive these calls are especially vulnerable to coercion. Threats against the victim's career, should he or she be arrested and now have a criminal record, are frightening and persuasive.

4) Individual consumers, whether employed or not, and their adult family members must be made aware of this threat to their personal information, credit and identities. Legitimate court employees would NEVER call to solicit personal information and would send any official notifications by standard mail delivery.

Any person receiving such calls should record the scammer's phone number (if called ID is available) and
Immediately report the contact to local law enforcement authorities or the military police.

 

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