Imagine the scenario… Your ordinary, law-abiding life is shattered by a phone call, informing you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.
Because you failed to appear in court to fulfill the jury service to which you had been summoned.
Of course you will protest your innocence, and rightly so, for you are adamant and certain that you were never informed of this jury service.
Getting more and more upset, you think nothing of confirming your identity in order to clear this mess up.
The scammer, for that is what he is, on the other end of the phone, will take advantage of the confused and upset state you are now in.
He can “help” you of course.
By soliciting personal information he can verify your identity and clear this mess up for you.
He’ll take your passport details, your driving licence number, your full name and address.
In other words… everything he needs to successfully steal your identity.
If the scammer, masquerading as a court official, is particularly malicious he may even take further advantage of you by claiming that the arrest warrant can only be revoked by paying a fine there and then.
If he tricks you into doing this then he will not only have stolen your identity but will also have gained your credit card details along with the all important 3 digit security code on the back – everything he needs to start spending right away.
* Always be on your guard when asked for personal information, especially over the phone or online
* Courts very rarely, if ever, ring prospective jurors
* Court communication is almost exclusively via the postal service
* Your government abuses loves you, and would never put you in the position where your personal details are at risk.