Wednesday, August 24, 2005

New jury duty scam being used by ID thieves

Scam Busters is reporting on a new scam being used by identity thieves to dupe people into exposing their personal information:

Brand New Jury Duty Scam::

"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...."

1 comment:

Helen R said...

It mentions several states, but has this happened in Canada?