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FBI Warns Of "Jury Duty" Scam

Last updated on Tuesday, December 18, 2007

(UNDATED) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation office for Southern Indiana is warning Hoosiers of a new scam floating about the area.

Special Agent Michael Welch and US Marshal Peter Swaim have been investigating an ongoing scheme involving jury service.

Apparently, the scam involves people calling your home, and identifying themselves as US Court employees, informing people they have supposedly missed jury duty. They then ask for your personal information such as name, address, social security number, date of birth, and other pieces of information that could be used to steal your identity and defraud you.

People who have refused are then told they will be fined or arrested or face some other sort of penalty.

Welch and Swaim want to urge that the court system does not contact people by phone and ask for any information for any reason.

If someone calls your home saying they are a court employee requesting information, hang up and contact authorities.

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