Friday, May 14, 2010

Clever things criminals do

Recently I read an article about how criminals were learning lessons from CSI and other cop TV shows. For example more crooks were using bleach to clean up crime scenes.

Bogus Jury Duty notices lead to identity theft reports on another way crooks are being more clever:

A caller claims to be a jury coordinator. If you protest that you neverreceived a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your SocialSecurity number and date of birth to be able to verify the information andcancel the arrest warrant. Giving out such information has resulted inidentity fraud in at least 11 states, including Oklahoma, Illinois, andColorado. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwidealerts on their websites, warning consumers about the fraud.

The FBI's suggestion is to: "Never give out personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call."

Technorati tags: identity, theft

1 comment:

Luke said...

Nice. Life-long learning going in the wrong direction [smile].