In a recent post we talked about the new Paso Robles Courthouse and the state of the art facilities it provides for jurors who are called, in large part, from the North County. Jury duty is a civic responsibility and avoiding this duty presents the potential for serious consequences. Playing on people's sense of civic duty, and always looking for a new way to scam people, identity thieves have recently increased the use of a scam in which they make phone calls posing as court officers, claiming that people have failed to appear for jury duty and face the potential for arrest. When concerned citizens legitimately protest that they never received a jury summons, the scammers ask for personal information including birthdates and social security numbers for "verification" purposes. Provide this information and you've become a victim of identity theft. Here is an FBI warning from a few years ago about the scam. Do not give out your personal information to anyone unless you are certain you are dealing with someone with a legitimate need for the information who will keep it confidential.
– Posted by Michael M. McMahon, Attorney at Law