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Scam Uses Jury Duty Ploy for ID Theft

Scam Uses Jury Duty Ploy for ID Theft

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Authorities are warning the public about scam artists who are using jury duty as a ploy to steal personal information for identity theft.

Federal court officials say callers posing as court officials accuse people of failing to comply with jury duty and tell them they could face prosecution.

Officials say the threats are intended to coerce victims into providing confidential data that can be used for identity theft and fraud.

Federal officials say that federal courts do not require anyone to provide sensitive information in a telephone call. Official contact with prospective jurors is through the U.S. mail. If court officials call, they will not request Social Security numbers or credit card numbers.

U-S District Court Clerk Markus Zimmer says, so far, no one in Utah has complained about getting one of the bogus calls. However, Zimmer is concerned about the potential.

Zimmer says anyone who may have receive such a phone call can contact the Utah jury office at 801-524-3485.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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