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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

URGENT: Telephone Identity Theft Scam!!!

Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

Here is a press release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding a telephone scam:



The Federal Bureau of Investigation is providing a warning to the public against an ongoing scheme involving jury service.

The public needs to be aware that individuals identifying themselves as United States Court employees have been telephonically contacting citizens and advising them that they have been selected for jury duty.

These individuals ask to verify names and Social Security numbers, then ask for credit card numbers.

If the request is refused, citizens are then threatened with fines.

The judicial system does not contact people telephonically and ask for personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth or credit card numbers.
If you receive one of these phone calls, do not provide any personal or confidential information to these individuals.
This is an attempt to steal or to use your identity by obtaining your name, Social Security number, and potentially to apply for credit, credit cards, or other loans in your name.
It is an attempt to defraud you.
If you have already been contacted and have already given out your personal information, please monitor your account statements and credit reports, and contact your local Federal Bureau of Investigation office.
Local Federal Bureau of Investigation field office telephone numbers can be found in the front of your local telephone directory or on
For further information, please review the warnings posted on the United States Courts web site at, "NEWSROOM" news article "WARNING: BOGUS PHONE CALLS ON JURY SERVICE MAY LEAD TO FRAUD", 19 August 2005.


As you can see, this was initially announced a couple of years ago, but I'm only just now aware of it.

If you decide to share this information with others, please be considerate and conceal the identities of multiple recipients.

If you don't know how to do that, just ask your kids to show you.

Thank you.

John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee, KB3KWS
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

NOTE: "My unpopular and controversial personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan."

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