Juror Scam Emails Reported
Thursday, July 31, 2014
In various parts of the United States, citizens are being targeted by juror phishing emails that ask recipients to provide personal identifiers (SSN, DOB, mother’s maiden name, etc.) on an attached PDF form and email the completed form back to the originator.
These emails are NOT from real court officials.
Federal courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in an email response. Requests by courts to complete a qualification questionnaire would be initiated by formal written correspondence and provide instructions for the juror participant to be authenticated over a secure connection.
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 an email should not provide the requested information, and should notify the Clerk of Court's office and FBI office in their area immediately.