My dear friend, Myrtle sent me this forwarded message that I felt is worth posting because it's so easy to be scammed this way. I did check it out on Snopes on my own and it's something that's been forwarded around the country since 2005. However, it happens to be true. I figure it's worth the warning to be careful about personal information that you might be coerced into revealing over the phone.
JURY DUTY- DO NOT DELETE WITHOUT READING
This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below).
Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously,
but enough people skip out on their civic duty that a new
and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.
The caller claims to be a jury duty coordinator.
If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scam artist 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 was just stolen.
The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado, AZ and more.
This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system.
The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.
Check it out here: