Scam Busters: Jury Doodie


Picture this: You’re sitting at home one afternoon, enjoying a sandwich whilst enjoying your favorite 70s prog rock CD sampler, when the phone rings. You’re annoyed because Rush’s 2112 just started, but you turn down the stereo and pick up the phone.

On the other line is a mildly irate individual who claims to work for the local courthouse and tells you that you’ve missed jury duty and risk arrest or a fine.

“Wait just one minute,” you exclaim. “I haven’t received a summons for jury duty.”

“But your name is on the list,” the court employee says, “so you are responsible. Missing jury duty is a felony… you could go to prison.”

“Maybe there’s another person with my name…?”

The official concedes that there could indeed be a mix-up of some sort. But in order to clear it all up, they are going to need a few pieces of information. Your full name, current address, drivers license number, social security number and if possible, your bank account number.

“Sure… no problem.”

According to KBTX in College Station, Tex., this is a real scam and is actually being played out. Sounds pretty typical. The scammer comes at you aggressively, accuses you of wrong doing, and as a result you are on the defensive and will to do just about anything to clear you name. That’s what they hope, anyway.

Do yourself a favor and don’t ever give out personal information to someone you don’t know who has called you on the phone. A court employee would never ask for that kind of stuff, and if you do think the caller is legit, you should look up the court’s phone number and try to call the official back.

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