Even as Americans face increasingly difficult economic challenges, scammers are working harder to steal what people may have left.
Identity thieves are now using several unique schemes in an attempt to steal your identity. The next time your phone rings, make sure you protect your identity.
Identity thieves posing as courthouse employees are reportedly making calls and informing people they have missed jury duty and, as a result, will be arrested.
The person receiving the call is usually confused and tells the caller they never received a jury duty notice. The caller then asks the victim for their Social Security number and date of birth, saying they’ll verify that the summons for jury duty was sent out and if it wasn’t sent, they’ll cancel the arrest warrant.
According to WalletPop, this identity theft scam has already been used in at least 11 states.
Consumers are warned never to give out personal information—especially your Social Security number—to any caller.
The FBI first warned of this scam nearly three years ago, but a fresh wave of calls have been reported in recent weeks.
If you suspect that you really missed jury duty, it’s best to look up the number of the court yourself and give them a call.
With high unemployment rates across the country, many people are seeking work.
Identity thieves are ready for job seekers and have been posting employment ads and collecting resumes of job seekers who they hope to scam.
Many unemployed workers send out bundles of resumes each week in response to online job postings.
When identity thieves obtain these resumes, they create fictional job offers and make calls to their victims. Victims report being offered dream jobs at large firms and companies with salaries that meet or exceed their expectations.
After being offered the job with a nice salary and benefits package and negotiating a starting date, the applicant is asked for a final detail: their Social Security number.
The identity thief is confident that the unemployed worker will be so excited about the job offer they will gladly provide a Social Security number.
Job seekers are warned not to provide potential employers with a Social Security number over the phone. If the job offer is real, you may fill out the appropriate tax and insurance paperwork when you report for work.
Refusing to provide a Social Security number over the phone will not cost you a legitimate job opportunity, but may prevent you from becoming a victim of identity theft.