Monday, August 23, 2010

FBI Alert

It’s back to school time. Time to be more alert of suspicious strangers, unusual or unfamiliar vehicles and abnormal activity in your neighborhood. Talk to your children about strangers. Watch out for school crossing zones; be aware of the speed limits and slow down for our future generation.

EXTRA!! The FBI is warning the public about an ongoing scheme involving jury service. Most of us take that summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out of their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced. The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your social security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. If you give out any of this information, bingo; your identity was just stolen!
The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois and Colorado. This scheme is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their websites, warning consumers about the fraud.

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