Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Warning issued about jury duty scheme


Skipping jury duty has its consequences - and identity thieves are using them as threats in a new scam.

The Barry County Sheriff's Department warns about a scheme in which a caller pretends to be a court worker. They inform the victim that an arrest warrant has been issued for them for failing to show up for jury duty.

The caller asks for a social security number, birthday, or even credit card numbers to cancel the warrant.

The scam has been reported in 11 states. The FBI and federal courts are issuing a nationwide alert.

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