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Criminal identity theft knows no boundaries.

Posted in Crime Prevention December 21st, 2008 @ 11:27 am

Just about everyone gets called in for jury duty. You receive a notice in the mail to appear on a certain date and a phone number to call the night before to make sure that you are still on the rolls for jury duty. As any good citizen, you call and if your number is picked for jury duty, you show up. If not you don’t.

Now jury scammers are hitting at least 11 states and scamming victims out of their personal identity.

Here’s how it works.

Callers identify themselves as a “jury coordinator” and say that you have missed a jury duty assignment and you may have an arrest warrant out for non-compliance. When you protest, the caller asks for your Social Security Number and date of birth to verify your identity. That’s when this thief has just stolen your identity.

Court officials will never ask for confidential information over the phone. These officials normally send prospective jurors a letter in the mail that gives you the option to take care of the matter in person.

This year alone over 25 people fell victim to this identity theft in Eagle County, Colorado. Even small towns are not immuned to this type of identity theft. A local sheriff wrote a recent article in a small town newspaper in Colorado warning people of this scam.

Remember, never give out your Social Security number, or partial number, over the phone or by mail unless you have initiated the contact or you positively know with whom you are dealing with.

Another good tip is to remove your Social Security cards and numbers from wallets and purses.

Always shred personal information before throwing it out.

If you suspect that you are a victim of identity theft, contact your local law enforcement agency.

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