FRAUD SCAM – BE ALERT –
We have a scam going on in Panama right now which relates to young adults 14-20. Step one, the fraudster contacts the young adult via their cell phone and offers them a chance to win $100 if they change their cell phone chip to the competition. If the kid goes along with it, while he changes his chip (and cell number) the parent is called and told that the child is being held for ransom and to deliver $XXXX dollars to an agreed location for his/her safe return. Of course when the parents try to call their child, their phone is off.
There is another, older scam where someone calls the person’s maid and says frantically, “Your boss is in trouble, he’s in jail, and he needs all the money and jewelry he can get to get out of jail, hurry, grab everything you can, I’m waiting downstairs”… I had a good friend down here, CPP nonetheless, whose maid fell for this. There were at least 30 cases of this one in just a couple of months at the beginning of the year…
JURY DUTY – DO NOT DELETE –
Pass this on to your grown children and anyone else you can think of. This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your e-mail 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 duty 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, Arizona, Oregon and more. 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.