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Telephone Fraud Involving Jury Duty

Date of News Release: 10/06/2005

Washington, D.C. - The FBI today is providing a warning to the public against an ongoing scheme involving jury service. The public needs to be aware that individuals identifying themselves as U.S. court employees have been telephonically contacting citizens and advising them that they have been selected for jury duty. These individuals ask to verify names and Social Security numbers, then ask for credit card numbers. If the request is refused, citizens are the threatened with fines.

The judicial system does not contact people telephonically and ask for personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth or credit card numbers. If you receive one of these phone calls, do not provide any personal or confidential information to these individuals. This is an attempt to steal or use your identity by obtaining your name Social Security number and potentially to apply for credit or credit cards or others in your name. It is an attempt to defraud you.

If you have already been contacted and have already given out your personal information, please monitor your account statements and credit reports and contact your local Police Department or the Kentucky State Police. For further information, please review the warnings posted on the U.S. Courts website at www.uscourts.gov, "Newsroom" news article "Warning: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May lead to Fraud," August 19, 2005.

For information on how to obtain a copy of your credit reports, visit the Kentucky Attorney General website at www.ag.ky.gov.

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