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    Ok, I NEVER forward or post this stuff, but I checked this one out:
    http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

    It seems some dorks are calling folks and badgering them about missing jury duty. They get their personal info (ss# etc...) to "verfiy" the selection call and scam off with the info.

    What'll these freaks think of next? Heck if they put the same energy and creativity into honest projects, they'd probably make MORE money!

    Here is the text of the email I got:


    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 summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of scam 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 just got stolen. The scam has been reported so far in 11 states, including Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Illinois, and Colorado. This scam is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they're with the court system. It's easy to see why this scam works. The victims are clearly caught off-guard and understandably upset at the idea of a warrant being issued for their arrest. In reality, court officers will never call and ask for personal information. 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.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

    http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

    http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

    http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

  • #2
    I never give out my SS#.
    I don't care if the President GW himself called me. I would tell him to jump in the lake if he thinks I would give him my SS#.
    If the idiot on the other end of the line does not know my number then they are not going to get it.
    Anyone who gives out their SS# needs to have their identity stolen. Simple fact if you don't protect your stuff you don't deserve it. If you handed out your money to anyone who asked for it then you should expect to not have any money left. With the government requiring you to misuse your SS# you best make sure nobody gets it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Penguin View Post
      I never give out my SS#.
      I don't care if the President GW himself called me. I would tell him to jump in the lake if he thinks I would give him my SS#.
      If the idiot on the other end of the line does not know my number then they are not going to get it.
      Anyone who gives out their SS# needs to have their identity stolen. Simple fact if you don't protect your stuff you don't deserve it. If you handed out your money to anyone who asked for it then you should expect to not have any money left. With the government requiring you to misuse your SS# you best make sure nobody gets it.
      X2-X2, Good call Penguin!

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