Yet another way they’ll try to fleece you

The old “you missed jury duty, you’re about to be arrested but this can all be cleared up if you give me your Social Security number and credit information” scam is making the rounds again, warns State Court Administrator Carl Gromek.

Gromek, responding to a report in The Muskegon Chronicle about the reincarnation of this telephone identity-theft scam, says courts contact prospective jurors only by mail.

To avoid getting burnt, Gromek offers the following advice:

  • Be skeptical if you are told, “In order to avoid prosecution for missing jury duty, you must provide your social security number now so we can verify your information.”
  • Be suspicious if the person pressures you for immediate action or refuses to send written information for you to review.
  • Never give out your bank, credit card, or social security information over the phone to someone who calls you.
  • If you are uncomfortable, hang up, even if the caller threatens prosecution.
  • Report suspicious calls to local police.

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