Don't Fall for Jury Duty Scam

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    Jun 11, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
    We all know not to give out personal information right. This one might have gotten me.

    "The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he'll need some information for "verification purposes"-your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number."

    Good scam huh.

    http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

    Be careful guys.
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    Jun 11, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    No matter who it is...when a call like this comes in you simply say fuck off and hang up!
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    Jun 11, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    anyone who ever needs that sort of information already has it. Your credit card company, the government, your bank, and your mother. no one else should really ever need this and if they do they wont be contacting you via phone to get it, nor will they ask for it in an email or anyother sort of correspondence other than a face to face chat, like a real estate broker or a building manager.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jun 11, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    There's a gas company scam, which I still haven't figured out, where they demand to see your gas bill. One guy told my parents he would call the police if they didn't show it to him. They did. (They're old and don't know any better. Yes, they signed up.) If he had a legal right to see their bill, he could have gotten the information from the gas company's files. Why drive over to the house? You gotta think about what they're asking.
  • Tiran

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    Jun 11, 2009 3:37 AM GMT
    Barrie, are your parents in Alberta? That has been an ongoing issue here since deregulation of the energy market. Direct Energy is the worst offender but there are a couple of others. It's not a scam in the sense of getting your info, its sales technique to sign you to a deregulated engery contract which doesn't seem to save anyone money as they claim.
    If your parents signed up they need to call the Service Alberta contact centre and talk to them. They will help sort it out or refer them to the Energy Utilites contact centre.
    If they are in Ontario, I don't know what your system is, sorry.
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    Jun 11, 2009 5:00 AM GMT
    Wowerz...now dats scaryicon_eek.gif