On Your Side: Sneaky Scams

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February 27, 2007

There are a couple of scams making the rounds that you need to be on the lookout for.

If you don't, you could be out of something a whole lot more expensive than your pride.

You may think you've heard it all about scams and fraud...that is, until the next version comes out.

The latest one is called the Hit Man email, and it does things a little differently than previous email scams.

Instead of preying on your greed, it tries to take advantage of your fears.

Essentially, the writer of the email claims to be an assassin hired to kill you. But they won't go through with the contract if you pay them $1000.

The FBI recommends you just delete the email, because there is no hit man...just someone trying to steal your money.

The other scam involves something you may be familiar with: jury duty. Someone claiming to be a jury coordinator calls and says you missed jury duty.

When you protest that you didn't receive any notification, they ask for your social security number and date of birth to "verify" things.

But once you give them that, they can steal your identity.

We talked to court clerks in Aiken, Columbia and Richmond counties, and no one has heard of that happening here. But they did say they can verify who you are without you giving out your personal information.

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