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Jury Duty scam is really Identity Theft con

As if there aren't enough things for us to be worried about as parents, I just read on my friend Audri Lanford's Scambusters site about a new identity theft scam that is exactly the kind of thing that'd work with a harried parent or busy entrepreneur...

Here's a new twist scammers are using to commit identity theft: the jury duty scam. Here's how it works:

The scammer calls claiming to work for the local court and claims you've failed to report for jury duty. He tells you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.

The victim will often rightly claim they never received the jury duty notification. The scammer then asks the victim for confidential information for "verification" purposes.

Specifically, the scammer asks for the victim's Social Security number, birth date, and sometimes even for ...