REMINDED ABOUT JURY DUTY SCAMS.....

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  1. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff*

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    Jury Duty Scam DO NOT DELETE WITHOUT READING! Pass this on to your grown children too.



    This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your email 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..



    Check it out here: http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm



    And here: http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp
    Please make sure and pass this on.
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    You know, it's really easier to deal with this sort of thing than having to figure out whether the person on the 'phone is a "jury co-ordinator".

    Do not use your Social Security number as an identifier at all; get a driver's license with a state-generated number; only give your SSN to the IRS and people who must report to the IRS (e.g., your bank, your employer), and to legitimate governmental officers. Only do that when you initiate the transaction, fill out the form, engage in face-to-face dealings, etc.

    Never give out any information that could be used to identify you (date of birth, mother's maiden name, etc.) without a good reason. Even to governmental agencies. Such as the firearms transfer form - there's a space for your SSN, but it's not required.
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