VerifyPhone.com offers the following tips to protect consumers from becoming a victim of the Jury Duty Scam.
Palm City, FL (PRWEB) September 06, 2011
VerifyPhone.com, a phone directory online resource that helps consumers find out more information about unknown callers via phone number lookup and phone number reviews, warns consumers of a phone scam that is currently gaining momentum across the United States.
The ‘Jury Duty Scam’ is duping unsuspecting people into giving sensitive personal information to con artists over the phone, making them extremely susceptible to Identity Theft.
An article from the Consumer Awareness section of About.com explains how the scam works:
“In the jury duty scam, the scammer, posing as a local court worker, tells you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you failed to report for jury duty. Since you probably had not received a jury duty notice, you will say so. At this point, the scammer will ask for your date of birth and Social Security number so that he or she can "verify" your jury duty notice. Of course, a Social Security number and date of birth are all the identity thief needs to make your life downright miserable. But wait, there's more. Depending on your willingness to give up your basic information, the emboldened scammer may go on to ask you for credit your card information.”
Officials believe the reason the jury duty scam is so effective is that the threat of arrest shocks and frightens victims into providing sensitive information without questioning if the call is legitimate. By the time the victim has time to think about the call, they have already put their private information into the hands of identity thieves.
VerifyPhone.com offers the following tips to protect consumers from becoming a victim of the Jury Duty Scam:
- Courts will never ask for personal information over the phone. If contacted by someone claiming to be a court official do not provide any personal information. Request all official court business be conducted by mail, which is the correspondence standard for US courts.
- Report suspicious calls to the local Clerk of Court's office of the U.S. District Court..
- Never provide personal information to an unsolicited caller, no matter who they say they represent. Legitimate companies and organizations will offer consumers a secure method for exchanging information.
- Ask more information like contact number and address from the caller. Use VerifyPhone.com’s reverse phone lookup & reverse address lookup to verify the details the caller has provided. It would also be good idea to find phone number for the local court the caller said he/she belonged to and call them back. For example for Ontario, California you can check the phone numbers for your local area codes here @ Ontario, California Number Lookup. After obtaining all information about the number in question alert other consumers about this scam by reporting it on VerifyPhone.com’s free phone review feature.
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