Another Identity Theft Scam

The Jury Duty Identity Theft Scam

With all of the identity theft scams out there in the world, you’d think the identity theft criminals would start running out of ideas. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Now there’s another identity theft scam to be on the lookout for -- the jury duty identity theft scam.

The Phone Call

Like many other identity theft scams, this identity theft scam starts with a phone call. The criminal will call you and will claim to be calling on behalf of the local court system. He or she will state that you failed to report for jury duty. Then the identity theft thief will tell you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.

The Con

Now this is where things get interesting. You know you didn’t fail to report to jury duty, so you of course would naturally tell the caller this. The identity theft thief then asks for you to confirm your identity by confirming your social security number, birth date, etc.

If you receive a call like this, hang up. It’s not the court system. It’s a criminal trying to steal your identity. The first thing to understand is that a court worker would never call you and ask you to provide personal information over the phone. Unfortunately, a number of people have fallen victim to this scam.

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