Donna says: I have decided to use this blog to warn people of new identity theft tactics. Here’s one I just received in an email from LifeLock:
LIFELOCK SCAM ALERT Type: Jury Duty Phishing Scam Method of Delivery: Phone call from an alleged court officer Primary Region Affected: Reports from 11 states, including: Florida, New York, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Oregon, California, Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Hampshire; may spread nationally Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation (www.fbi.gov) Scam Characteristics: A caller identifies him/herself as an officer of the court and notifies the victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for a failure to report for jury duty. If the victim protests they have never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks for a Social Security number and date of birth to verify the victim’s identity and cancel the arrest warrant. This fraud is spreading quickly and has been reported in 11 states so far.
See another recent alert here: Two New Spam Scams to Beware of