The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has reported that a new juror scam email, which fraudulently seeks personal information that could aid identity theft, has been reported in at least 14 federal court districts.
According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, citizens received emails claiming they had been selected for jury service and demanding that they return a form with such information as Social Security and driver’s license numbers, date of birth, cell phone number, and mother’s maiden name.
According to the email, anyone who failed to provide the information would be ordered to court to explain their failure, and could face fines and jail time. The email also falsely claimed that it was affiliated with eJuror, an online registration program used in about 80 U.S. court districts.
The email is fraudulent and has no connection to either the federal courts or to eJuror.
The eJuror system never requests that personal identification information be sent directly in an email response. Requests to potential jurors to complete a qualification questionnaire would be initiated by formal written correspondence. Such letters tell jury participants how to access an authenticated, secure online connection. It is a federal crime to falsely represent oneself as a federal court employee.
If you live in the Northern District of Illinois and have received an email which claims you have been selected for jury service and demanding that you return a form such information as Social Security and driver’s license numbers, date of birth, cell phone number, and mother’s maiden name, please contact the U.S. Marshal's Services by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling them at 312-353-2284
. The penalties for anyone demanding or obtaining money or anything of value while impersonating an officer or employee of the United States may be fined and/or imprisoned up to three years.
Posted on: August 1, 2014