The verdict: Not guilty of identity disclosure.
Jury duty scams have been around for years, but have seen a resurgence in recent months. It’s a simple scam that goes like this:
The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He claims you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You state that you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he’ll need some information for “verification purposes” — your birth date, social security number, and maybe even a credit card number.
Give out this information and bingo, your identity has just been stolen.
The jury duty scam works on the victim’s emotions. The shock of being told they are about to be arrested will place most people off guard and less vigilant about protecting their personal information. This scam is particularly dangerous given the intimidation factor inherent in speaking with someone who represents (supposedly) the court system.
The jury duty scam is another variation of the personal information gathering game that has become the identity thief’s preferred mode of prey. Scammers might tap your information to make a purchase on your credit card, but could just as easily sell your information to the highest bidder on the Internet’s black market.
Real U.S. court officials want you to know that the courts never ask for any personal information over the telephone. In reality, courts typically follow up with prospective and no-show jurors by conventional mail, rarely, if ever, by telephone.
Bottom line: Never give out personal information.
We have a Senior Bus that runs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Jodi Starr at 264-2167 for details.
Are you homebound or know someone who is? Let the Silver Foxes Den help you with your meals. We have expanded our service to the more rurally isolated areas of the county and would like to help you help yourself.
These meals are the same meals prepared in our kitchen by the same cooks who prepare those scrumptious senior center meals. Our hot meal home-delivery program remains available to those closer to town four days per week, and frozen meals on Thursdays. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give Jodi or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.
Friday, April 15 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 18 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; medical marijuana presentation by Todd Starr, Archuleta County Attorney 12:45; Canasta 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April19 — Health Care Reform Presentation by AARP 10:30 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20 — Blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; Sky Ute Casino 1 p.m.; Healthy Living 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 21 — Closed.
Friday, April 22 – Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Book Club 10:30 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.
This week’s menu
Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, and Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $9.75. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 15 — Grilled cheese and ham sandwich on whole grain bread, homemade chunky tomato soup, whole wheat crackers, salad.
Monday, April 18 — Chicken fried steak with country gravy, mashed potatoes, cauliflower/broccoli mix, tossed salad, apple quarters, biscuit.
Tuesday, April 19 — Hawaiian chicken, corn muffin, stewed tomatoes, apple crisp, Japanese vegetables.
Wednesday, April 20 — French dip with au jus sandwich on a hoagie bun, oven browned potatoes, mixed vegetables, fresh orange wedges.
Thursday, April 21 — Closed.
Friday, April 22 — Lemon baked fish, oven browned potatoes, peas and carrots, tossed salad, vanilla ice cream with bananas and strawberries, whole wheat roll.