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Jury Duty Scam Returns… Again

Posted By Sid Kirchheimer On September 5, 2013 @ 9:30 am In Scam Alert | Comments Disabled

Jury Duty Scam [1]Some folks make all kinds of claims to get out of jury duty. But don’t believe a phone call claiming you’re about to be arrested for ignoring your civic duty – especially if you never received a jury summons.

The jury duty scam is back. In recent weeks, this recurring ruse – first seen in Scam Alert [2] in 2006 – has resurfaced across the U.S., prompting warnings by scores of officials and at least one federal judge [3].

In the latest wave of phony phone calls, scammers typically pose as police [4], claiming that you missed jury duty, and because of that, you face impending arrest unless a fine is immediately paid. The scammers usually demand you pay with a Green Dot MoneyPak card [5].

But some fraudsters stick with the traditional trickery of this scheme: [6] Rather than demand a fine to avoid arrest, they purport to be calling from the courthouse in need of personal information – including your Social Security number –to “verify whether you were called for jury duty. Of course the real purpose is gathering data for identity theft [7]

In some states, if you skip out on jury duty you may be fined–expect that bad news to arrive via U.S. mail or a summons hand-delivered by a uniformed police officer. Or a bench warrant could be issued in your name, which could lead to your arrest during a routine traffic stop.

But the police never give advance warning by telephone of impending arrest nor personally solicit the payment of fines. And in rare cases where a legitimate court employee calls about scheduled jury duty, you will not be asked for sensitive information such as your SSN.

Photo by Douglas Muth/Flickr.com [8]

 

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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/490613967_45600ca678.jpg

[2] Scam Alert: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/

[3] one federal judge: http://fox2now.com/2013/08/29/judge-warns-citizens-about-jury-duty-scam/

[4] scammers typically pose as police: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-03-2013/beware-of-police-impostor.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[5] Green Dot MoneyPak card: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-04-2012/avoid-moneypak-scams.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] traditional trickery of this scheme:: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-01-2011/scam_alert_rigged_jury_notice.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[7] identity theft: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-04-2009/preventing_id_theft_what_is_id_theft.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[8] Flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30647744@N00/490613967/in/photolist-Kmwrv-Kmwy2-KmwRc-KmwU8-KmwXx-Kmx2n-Kmx6R-Kmy36-KmyaP-Kmyee-Kmyj2-Kmyok-KmyP6-KmyWn-YNWmo-2uQf6y-2V2nnQ-2XJUMh-3cu5Me-3cyw7q-3cB5HC-3TthZR-3TtkHc-3TxAVQ-3TxCCC-3TxDcu-3TxDD7-3TxE7J-4bEfVj-4hGeoi-4q4keQ-4q4kfd-4sczmh-4wAPAN-4zwDMg-4FENVH-4GcrQ8-4LEgxe-4PXixp-4RTcD8-4RWc3R-4Z78rd-5d2YCo-5gE88t-5jVd7e-5jVm6x-5jVqbk-5jZY1h-5qUTbg-5tw5QC-5wf7Sp

[9] Are You Prepared for National Preparedness Month?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/29/are-you-prepared-for-national-preparedness-month/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[10] A New Gas Station Scam: ‘Sliding’: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/16/a-new-gas-station-gotcha-sliding/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[11] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

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