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slidein2meplz 61F
1363 posts
3/16/2006 6:03 pm

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*** Just in case you didn't see this ***

posted this yesterday [post 271847]... and today I recieved email from 2 different people about this situation.

So, just in case anyone hasn't seen this or hasn't heard of it or wasn't aware of it...or maybe you've already been a victim... I thought I would post it for all to see. I did go to snopes and this is from that site.

Jury Rigged

Scam: Identity thieves trick the unwary into revealing their personal details by telling them they've failed to report for jury duty and warrants for their arrest are being issued.

Status: Real fraud, potential for financial harm unknown.

[Collected on the Internet, 2005]

Here's a new twist scammers are using to commit identity theft: the jury duty scam. Here's how it works:

The scammer calls claiming to work for the local court and claims you've failed to report for jury duty. He tells you that a warrant has been issued
for your arrest.

The victim will often rightly claim they never received the jury duty notification. The scammer then asks the victim for confidential information for "verification" purposes.

Specifically, the scammer asks for the victim's 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.

So far, this jury duty scam has been reported in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington state.

It's easy to see why this works. The victim is clearly caught off guard, and is understandably upset at the prospect of a warrant being issued for his or her arrest. So, the victim is much less likely to be vigilant about protecting their confidential information.

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

Action: Never give out your Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal confidential information when you receive a
telephone call.

This jury duty scam is the latest in a series of identity theft scams where scammers use the phone to try to get people to reveal their Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal confidential information.

It doesn't matter *why* they are calling – all the reasons are just different variants of the same scam.

Protecting yourself is simple: Never give this info out when you receive a phone call.


Another scam I would like to remind people of are those Nigerian 409 scams.

The ones where someone from some foreign country emails you and claims to have access to huge amounts of $$$$$$$$$$$$ millions and millions of dollars....but they need YOU to help them.

Please, people don't fall for this stuff...people have died because they believed it.

This too can be found if you do a search and there are government sites that you can report these to if you should get one. I've just this week recieved 2 of them....and reported both.

Never hurts to be aware...right?

Thanks... Slide

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

oldman1776 78M
3164 posts
3/16/2006 8:25 pm

Slide I have heared of them here in Washington. You gave some good advice. Thanks.

Fox4aKnight1 43F

3/16/2006 11:43 pm

awsome advice slide and btw freaking awsome presentation on the HTML code here .hm teach me please? *bats big blue eyes*

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
3/17/2006 2:20 am

Thanks oldman.

Fox4aKnight....I left you a comment in your blog about the HTML codes.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

stainlesssteel13 61M

3/17/2006 4:15 pm

Google "Ebola Monkey Man: Pissing Off Nigerian Scammers One At a Time!". This guy scams the scammers.

slidein2meplz replies on 3/17/2006 6:04 pm:
LOL..NO SHIT? That's too funny, thanks....for the tip, if I have free moment in between packing I'll check it out. Have a good one.

rm_chill57 34F
180 posts
3/24/2006 9:22 am

i love this post beacuse it is true am a nigerian,they do it to anybody their new trick now is pick numbers from sites like ringo and calling the person to talk rubbish .i know the trick but bear in mind their are GOOD ones there.

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