Beware of These Scams
of this fraud.
You will receive a phone call from someone who
claims to be
from a court's jury commissioner's office. The caller will
that you failed to show up for jury duty and that a warrant has been
issued for your arrest. Caller-ID may even show a court name.
When you respond that you have never received a summons for jury
duty, the caller will ask for your Social Security number and date of
birth and sometimes a credit card, so that s/he can verify the
information and cancel the arrest
you give out this information, congratulations! Your identity
just been stolen. Your bank accounts can now be cleaned out,
accounts can be opened, and purchases can be made in your name.
notice by postal mail and will only call about jury duty after you have
sent back a jury questionnaire, and then only rarely.
give out bank account, social security, or credit card numbers to
anyone over the phone unless you initiated the call and you know who
the party is.
For further information:
ANOTHER COURT NOTICE SCAM
this one, you get an email with the subject line "Notice to Appear in
Court" and a number. The sender is given as "County Court."
You have to appear in the Court on the July 24.
to the email is a zip file. DON'T OPEN IT. It contains a
Note that the email doesn't specify the time or place that
must appear or even the name of the case. The name of the
court secretary varies.
Please, prepare all the documents relating to the case and bring them to Court on the specified date.
Note: If you do not come, the case will be heard in your absence.
The Court Notice is attached to this email.
the increasing use of email due to the pandemic, courts may now have
your email address, but they still don't use email as the initial
notice to summons
people. If you have any questions, call the court clerk's
TECH SUPPORT SCAMS
These can take
several forms. There may be an unknown popup, an
unsolicited phone call, or an email telling you that your account has
been suspended, with a link to click on. all of these are
designed to gain access to your computer and find your personal
support will not contact you by phone, email or text message to say
there’s a problem with your computer. Security pop-up warnings from
real tech companies won’t ask you to call a phone number.
you've filed banruptcy, beware of this one. You get a phone
call claiming to be from the office of your bankruptcy attorney. They
tell you that you have to wire money immediately to satisfy a debt.
They may even mention specific information, taken
from your Bankruptcy Court file (which is a public record), which may
make them sound legitimate.
real bankruptcy attorney or staff would never call a client and ask for
an immediate wire transfer. Nor would they threaten arrest if
a debt isn't paid.
The scammer may
use software to make the caller ID display look like it's
coming from your bankruptcy attorney's office. They may call
late in the evening or during other non-business hours, so
that you can't call your attorney's office back to verify.
NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THESE PEOPLE, AND HANG UP AS
AS POSSIBLE. Call your attorney's office during business
hours and tell them about the call.
scam that is currently around is false notices from the IRS. You
get a phone call, usually a robocall, claiming to be from the IRS.
As in the previous scam, the caller ID display may even look like
it's coming from the IRS. The caller may say that the IRS has a
warrant for your arrest or is about to sieze your home or car.
This is scary, and it's meant to be. But don't panic.
The IRS never contacts a taxpayer by phone, unless they are
replying to your call. IRS notices are always sent by US postal mail.
Never by phone or email. These calls are a scam intended to
get you to call a bogus number and give them personal information such
as your social security number and address, so that they can steal your
identity. Don't bite.
VARIATION: SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM
Federal Trade Commission is getting reports about people pretending to
be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get
your Social Security number and even your money. For details, go
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