Jury Duty Phone Scam
Here's a new twist scammers are using to commit Identity Theft.
The scammer calls claiming to work for the local court, informs you that you've failed to report for jury duty, and that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.
For "verification" purposes, the scammer then asks for confidential information including your Social Security number, birth date, and sometimes even for credit card numbers and other private information - exactly what the scammer needs to commit identity theft.
Keep in mind that court workers will never call you to ask for any private information. In fact, most courts follow up by snail mail and rarely, if ever, call prospective jurors.
It's easy to see why this works. You’re clearly caught off guard, and may be reasonably upset at the prospect of a warrant being issued for your arrest. As the victim, you are less likely to be attentive about protecting confidential information.
Protecting yourself is simple
Never give out your Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal confidential information when you receive a telephone call. It doesn't matter “why” they are calling - all the reasons are just different techniques of the same scam.
Though the 'jury duty” phishing scheme is not new, it has been heavily put to use around the U.S. in August 2005. Be wary of any calls of this nature and refuse to give out your personal information.