Most emails that I receive concerning some new scam turn out to be little more than a hoax. It’s the sad state of our society that many find easy methods to waste time of those they do not know.
Today I received an email from a source I trust which sounded like an example of the above; however, I did my due diligence to make the determination for myself due to the regard I have for the person who sent it. To my surprise it turned out to be the one in a thousand (or more) that is true.
If you have loved ones that may not be savvy to official sounding phone calls, who are perhaps not as skeptical as you are when someone asks for information, please, I implore you to make them aware of this and impart the seriousness. This is identity theft via social engineering at its worst.
According to snopes.com, the scam first surfaced in 2001. It has cropped back up several times in different states up to at least 2005 which probably means it is destined to show up again.
First the corroborating links, then the story:
Jury Duty Scam
From the Tinley Park Police Department,
This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below).
Please pass this on to everyone in your e-mail address book. 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.