One of my lawyer friends over in Dayton reports that the jury service scam has resurfaced. The scam is described by the FBI here. Basically, the victim gets a call from someone who purports to be with the Jury Commissioner’s office. The caller notifies the victim that a warrant has been issued for his or her arrest because they missed jury duty. When the victim protests that they didn’t get the summons for duty, the caller says the victim will need to provide certain personal information — including a Social Security number and so forth — to verify their identity and clear things up. That personal information is then used for fraudulent purposes.
The ingenuity of the criminal mind is seemingly limitless. What is especially choice about this particular scam is that it preys upon the fact that many people don’t read their mail and feel guilty about it.