Scam, Sham and Thieves

Scam, Sham and Thieves

By Ric Dalberri, Founder of Retirement USA
Too often, when we pick up the phone (usually around supper time), we think it’s a sales pitch. Not this time. The caller identifies themselves as an officer of the court and notifies you that you failed to report for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for your arrest. Your heart sinks thinking this can’t be correct. I would have complied and did my jury duty.
So, you say, “I never received a notice, you must be mistaken”. Well, the caller says, “we can clear this up right now over the phone. I just need some information for verification purposes. Let’s start with your date of birth”. So, you comply. Now the caller says, “ your social security number”. You comply. The caller now says, “I need a credit card number”. If you have not hung up the phone by now, this is the perfect time to do it.
The ‘jury scam’ has been around for a long time, particularly preying on the elderly, who become confused, nervous and intimidated. Court officers generally correspond via snail mail, not even email.
What makes this scam so effective is its simplicity. Facing police coming to your door, being arrested, facing humiliation as your neighbors see you put into a police car (handcuffed). This type of unsuspected threat catches people off guard and unwillingly give up their information.
The jury scam is nothing more than identity theft ploys that have proliferated in recent years to steal from you.
Never, give any information over the phone or through emails. Take the information from the caller, write it down and tell them you will research what they are saying and call them back. They probably will hang up before you do.
So, the verdict, when it comes to Jury Duty scams, shams and thieves Is………Hang Up!