Been Some Time — New Identity Theft Tactics

I received an e-mail from our credit resource company explaining a new tactic that people are using to steal your identity.

The scam has to do with Jury Duty. The article talks about people that are receiving calls from people that claim to be court officials or a jury coordinator and ask them why they did not show up for their jury duty. The caller than explains that an arrest warrant has been issued because you didn’t show up.

The article also says that 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. Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers. Give out any of this information and bingo! Your identity just got stolen.

They have reported this activity in 11 states so far and say that this scam is particularly insidious because the callers uses intimidation and bullies people into giving them their information.