For Americans to be on the watch for this new new identity theft scam. They say:
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 scam has surfaced. Fall for it and your identity could be stolen.
In this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official who threateningly says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn’t show up for jury duty. 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. Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers.
Give out any of this information and bingo! Your identity just got stolen.
The scam has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania. This scam 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.
There have been several warnings by various law enforcement agencies around the country telling consumers about the fraud. In reality, court workers will never call you to ask for social security numbers and other private information. In fact, most courts follow up via snail mail and rarely, if ever, call prospective jurors.
Never give out your Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal confidential information when you receive a telephone call.