By Wendy Field
Weatherford Police Department
Once again, identity thieves are using a clever way to steal your identity. This latest scam (which has actually been around for a while) has the con artists contacting persons by phone and identifying themselves as an officer of the court or a jury coordinator. Then they tell the unsuspecting individual that they failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. If they protest that they never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks for their 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.
Some tips to remember:
Never give personal information to anyone who has contacted you by phone and solicited the information. Advise them you will contact the agency yourself from a phone number you obtain yourself.
Remember that phone numbers can deceive. Internet technology allows con artists to disguise their area code so it looks like they’re calling from your local area. But they could be calling from anywhere in the world.
To file a complaint or find additional information on foreign scams, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP.
The Weatherford Police Department is committed to keeping its citizens aware of the most recent identity theft scams. If you have been contacted by phone with what you believe is a scam or feel like you may be a victim of a scam, please report the incident to the authorities.
Additional information on this scam and be found at the FBI website: