Notice Regarding Juror Scam
In various counties in the Eastern District of Washington, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and emails threatening prosecution for failure to appear for federal grand jury service. Individuals claiming to be “County Deputies” advise that the potential juror/citizen failed to appear for jury duty and as a result, a warrant has been issued for their arrest unless they pay a fine. In order to pay the fine, the potential juror/citizen is instructed to purchase a pre-paid money card or "verified bond voucher."
Federal law enforcement will never contact a juror by e-mail or phone and request personal information or the payment of a fine. If a juror fails to appear for jury duty, the court will make contact with the juror by mail. The written correspondence will direct the juror to contact the jury office to explain the failure to appear and to reschedule their service. Federal law enforcement and court staff will never initiate phone calls or emails requesting personal information or payment from potential jurors/citizens.
If you have received a suspicious e-mail or phone call, DO NOT give any information to the caller. Please contact the Court’s Jury Office at 509.458.3400.