‘Jury Duty’ Scam Snags Social Security Numbers in 11 States

By Martha Neil, American Bar Association

At least 25 people in Eagle County, Colo., have been victimized this year in a "jury duty" telephone fraud that has also operated in at least 10 other states.

Duped by a claim that they failed to show up for required jury duty, the victims have provided their social security numbers to callers. As a result, their identities are being stolen, reports the Denver Post.

"As part of the scam, a caller tells people who have answered their phone they've missed a jury duty assignment. When the victim protests the accusation, the caller asks for a Social Security number and date of birth to verify identity and to cancel an arrest warrant," the newspaper recounts.

The article doesn't say whether anyone has been charged in connection with the scam.

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