Jury Scam Information
WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May Lead to Fraud
In recent days, U.S. District Court offices have heard from Iowans that they are being targeted by phone calls which threaten prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. We join the Office of the Iowa Attorney General in seeking to warn you about bogus phone calls relating to jury service.
Fraudulent callers will use the threat of the imposition of a fine or imprisonment for failing to appear for jury service. The caller will ultimately attempt to acquire personally identifiable information or confirm portions of confidential data, potentially leading to identify theft and fraud.
It is important to note that federal courts do not require the provision of sensitive information via a telephone call. Primary contact between federal courts and prospective jurors will be accomplished through U.S. Mail. Telephone contact by legitimate 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 offenses such as these very seriously.
Persons receiving such a phone call should not provide the information requested and notify the Jury Administrator for the U.S. District Court for Southern Iowa at (515) 284-6270.
E-mail messages that appear to be from EJuror
In addition, a number of district courts have reported that citizens in their districts are being targeted by a juror phishing email that asks recipients to provide personal identifiers (SSN, DOB, mother’s maiden name, etc.) on an attached PDF form and emailed back to the originator. A sample of the scam email is included at the end of this article. This scam differs from previous incidents in its use of "EJuror" as the source of the email and its attempt to obtain personal identifiers.
Our court, or courts using eJuror, never request that personal identification information be sent directly in an email response. Requests by courts to complete a qualification questionnaire would be initiated by formal written correspondence and provided instructions for the juror participant to be authenticated over a secure connection.
Dear Prospective Juror 0150,
It is the policy of the United States that all litigants in Federal
courts entitled to trial by jury shall have the right to grand and
petit juries selected at random from a fair cross section of the
community in the district or division wherein the court convenes. It
is further the policy of the United States that all citizens shall
have the opportunity to be considered for service on grand and petit
juries in the district courts of the United States, and shall have an
obligation to serve as jurors when summoned for that purpose.
As an American citizen, it is your civic duty to respond to a jury
Summons and, if chosen, to serve as a juror. You have officially been
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