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Take Care What You Share on the Phone — The ISBA Warns About Identity Thieves

Question: A friend of mine had her identity stolen from someone who claimed to be calling about jury duty. What should people know to prevent this type of fraud from happening to them?

Answer: Jury duty fraud typically consists of scammers calling people and telling them that because they failed to report for jury duty, there is a warrant out for their arrest. When the victim replies that they never received such a notice, the scammer will ask for some information for “verification purposes,” like a Social Security number or even a credit card number. Unfortunately, many victims willingly provide this information. Keep in mind that actual court officers never ask for confidential information over the phone. For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to   Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit