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Juror Scams

WARNING:  New Juror Phishing Scam:

The Court has been informed of a new phishing scam that is making its way around the Internet.  In this scam, an e-mail is sent from informing the recipient that he or she has been selected for jury duty and needs to appear at the Federal courthouse within three weeks.  The e-mail contains a link that allegedly has additional information.  These e-mails are not from the Court.  You should NOT respond to them, nor should you click on any links contained in the e-mail.  If you receive such an e-mail, please notify the Clerk of Court's office of the U.S. District Court in your area.

WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May Lead to Fraud

In various parts of the United States, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts.

In the calls, the threat of a fine for shirking jury service is used to coerce those called into providing confidential data, potentially leading to identity theft and fraud. These calls are not from real court officials.

Federal courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call. Most contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be through the U.S. Mail, and any phone contact by real court officials will not include requests for social security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information.

Jury duty is a vital civic responsibility and should be taken seriously by all citizens. However, it is a crime for anyone to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal court official. The federal judiciary takes seriously such an offense.

Persons receiving such a telephone call should not provide the requested information, and should notify the Clerk of Court's office of the U.S. District Court in their area.