Tuesday, December 11, 2007

281: ALERT - identity theft

hey y'all.

i got two disturbing e-mails today about identity theft.

i'm gonna share them with y'all cuz it would be a sin and a shame not to.

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Subject: FW: Identity theft...watch this video


Identity theft

This is exactly why I lock my doors when pumping gas.
This video is well worth your time to watch. This is
a 3 1/2 minute video produced by the Broward County,
FL Sheriff's Office. Identity thieves are at it
again, this time targeting people at gas stations.
This sort of crime never occurred to me, especially
since many of us never leave the side of our car when
pumping gas anymore.That has apparently not improved
our safety, especially for women who carry purses.
The footage of the actual crime being committed is
shocking in how easy it is to pull off. Please take
heed and pass it along to friends, families and
coworkers.


Click on the link below...


http://video.sheriff.org/psa_cartheft.shtml




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Jury Duty Scam

This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your email address book. It is spreading fast so be prepared should you get this call. Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty, that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.

The caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out any of this information and bingo; your identity was just stolen.

The fraud has been reported so far in 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado . This (swindle) is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.


2 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Wow! The jury duty one is really scary. I can see how people might fall for that one!

bliss said...

It is scary! And the thought of someone going in my car while I'm right there makes me mad honey!

Might need to get a pet snake to ride shotgun when no one else can. LOL