Phone Scam Uses Jury Duty to Trick Victims

Phone Scam Uses Jury Duty to Trick Victims


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(KSL News) -- There's a new telephone scam utahns need to be aware of.

Callers claim to be court officials saying they're following up on a person's failure to show up for jury duty. When the victim says they were never contacted for jury duty, the caller asks for a social secuirty number to verify the person's identity.

Jody Young, Better Business Bureau of Utah: "The judicial system would never contact anybody by telephone, they usually send things in writing."

The Better Business Bureau of Utah offers some tips to help protect you from identity theft.

  • When you order checks, have them sent to the bank.
  • Do not reveal personal account or social security information to anyone, unless you are familiar with the organization.
  • Do not use common words or numbers for passwords and personal indentification numbers.

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