Jury Duty Scam

JURY Duty Scam

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 email 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 , AZ 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.
Check it out here: http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june06/jury_scams060206.htm

And here on Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp
Yep! It’s true

Plan B: Locate Your Lost Android Phone

There are lots of security applications that you can set up on your phone to help wipe data, locate your phone and keep hackers from getting access.

What happens if you lose your phone or have it stolen and you just “never got around” to installing that software?

Well, Plan B can be installed AFTER the phone is lost. It will then install itself and send you the location of your phone to your gmail or to a friend’s phone via SMS.

Dozens of Infected Apps Pulled From Android Market

Please be aware of what you are downloading and ensure you are keeping your phone safe.
DroidDream Returns, Dozens of Infected Apps Pulled From Android Market.

Here is a full (updated 6/1/2011) list of infected applications by publisher. ensure you have not downloaded them. Continue reading

Plug and Prey: Malicious USB Devices

Keeping security in mind all the time, our computers, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices are available to all kinds of physical attacks as well. The good news: there are ways to protect yourself, but you need to be aware of the risk first.

People can stick a USB dongle, keyboard, thumbdrive, etc in your device and quickly compromise your data.

Plug and Prey: Malicious USB Devices.