posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 09:41 AM
Wednesday the FBI issued a warning to the public of a new identity theft scam in which scammers will make phone calls posing as an officer or court
employee to obtain personal information. This new scam is traveling fast so be aware.
The FBI is warning citizens to be on their guard against possible phone scams to collect valuable information for identity theft purposes.
In a statement from Washington, D.C., the agency issued a warning Wednesday about people claiming to be U.S.court employees.
"The public needs to be aware that individuals identifying themselves as U.S. court employees have been telephonically contacting citizens and
advising them that they have been selected for jury duty. These individuals ask to verify names and Social Security numbers, then ask for credit card
numbers. If the request is refused, citizens are then threatened with fines," the statement read.
"If you receive one of these phone calls, do not provide any personal or confidential information to these individuals.
This is an attempt to steal or to use your identity by obtaining your name, Social Security number and potentially apply for credit cards or other
loans in your name. It is an attempt to defraud you," the statement read.
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What many people do not know is that in the US courts will never notify you of jury duty by phone; it is always done by mail. Also the
Police/sheriff are not dumb they are never going to call you and tell you that they have a warrant out for your arrest, they just come out and get
There is a good solid rule of thumb to use in the world today with all these scams going on, never ever give out any personal information on the phone
to anyone you do not know.
Here is a little trick I use when I receive a call from an unknown person. First I tell the caller I never give out any personal information on the
telephone and hang up, but it does not end there. What I immediately do is hit star 69 which dials back the last number that just called and ask for
John (insert any last name). Once they tell me I have the wrong number, I ask them what number is this. Even if they do not give me the number it is
still recorded by the phone company and will appear on my next bill as a star 69 call. This gives me a record of where the call came from and I can
turn that number over to the authorities for investigation of possible phone fraud. There is a small fee for using star 69 but a cheap way to catch a
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