This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your email address book. It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call. Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on 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. Give out any of this information and bingo; your identity was just stolen.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado. This (swindle) 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 web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Check it out here.


This is not an urban legend, it happened to me.

I was getting cash from an ATM in a grocery store. The ATM was the kind that sucks your card all the way in.

Just as the cash dispensed and I finalized the transaction, a guy walked up saying he had to restock the deposit envelopes. As I snatched my cash I told him to back off and he apologized and did.

I then spent some time trying to figure out why the ATM didn’t pop my card out. I spoke with the bank and they said that they didn’t service the machine and that it probably sucked my card back in and shredded it. They gave me a business card and told me to call on Monday to see if my shredded card was in there when it was opened.

They were not my bank.

I called my bank and tried to report the card lost. The option (number four, if you’re interested) was not working. I tried all night. The next day, Saturday, I went to my bank and reported the card in person. Checking my activity I noticed one transaction at the grocery store. I didn’t buy anything. I lost my card.

I’ve been trying to figure out how this punk got my card ever since. I think I have figured it out…

1. He said he was restocking the deposit envelopes.

2. He had a stack of them in his left hand. He approached from my right.

3. Since he started talking first my attention was on my cash there in the slot.

4. When I told him to back off I instinctively looked at him.

5. He covered my card with the envelopes and took the card.

6. This all happened as soon as I hit the “done” button. I figure he was watching and swooped in as soon as I hit it.

A simple sleight of hand and my card was gone.

This happened in Las Vegas, Nevada. Has this happened to you?

Hope this post will prevent it happening to you.