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Woodville P.D. warns of ‘Jury Duty’ Scam

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It seems like there is a new phone or Internet Scam popping up every month or so, and Woodville Police Department wants to warn Tyler County citizens the one making the rounds now is a “Jury Duty” scam. According to Woodville Police Chief Scott Yosko, it works like this: A 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. You’ve guessed it! The scammer then asks for the victim’s Social Security number, birth date, and sometimes even for credit card numbers and other private information —which is what the scammer needs to commit identity theft. This scam has been reported in several states, including Texas. The scam works because the victim is clearly caught off guard, and is understandably upset at the prospect of a warrant being issued for his or her arrest. So, the victim is much less likely to be vigilant about protecting their confidential information. Here’s the real story. Court workers will never call you to ask for social security numbers and other private information. In fact, most courts follow up via snail mail and rarely, if ever, call prospective jurors. Never give out your Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal confidential information when you receive a telephone call. It doesn’t matter why the person is calling. Anyone with a legitimate reason to want to know this information would probably already have it. Just don’t do it!

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