Jury Duty is an inevitable part of American life. Most people dread taking the time to do this tedious but important civic duty. In the end, most people will fulfill this duty and move on with their lives. Others however, constantly find ways to evade jury duty. These people that are frequent targets of the jury duty scam. The results could be disastrous, leading to a stolen identity and lost assets.
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The jury duty scam is not a new scheme. According to a recent article written by the FBI, this scam has recently been on the rise. It works like this. A scammer will call your home claiming to have a warrant out for your arrest for having dodged jury duty. Playing on a victim’s surprise and fear, the scammer will ask for a social security number to “verify” the victim’s identity. After this, they will request a credit card number or bank account information along with an address and date of birth. And just like that, they hang up and they’re gone. With all the information they’ve acquired, a scammer can:
Scams like this take many forms. All take the same outline by requesting vital information using scare tactics. Most of them could be avoided by simply not giving out one’s information. Sadly, most people don’t know this is a scam until it is far too late. If you believe you are a victim of one of these scams, you should note anything you can remember about the call. If they did not restrict their number, try to retrieve it and make note of it. It would also be helpful to monitor your credit report for any suspicious activity. You may also want to consult with a lawyer on how to fight a scammer like this.
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