October 9, 2013

Federal courts warn of bogus jury service calls

 

The federal courts are warning citizens to beware of bogus phone calls regarding jury service intended to steal confidential data such as social security numbers and credit card information.

U.S. courts do not require potential jurors to provide sensitive financial information over the phone, said Elizabeth Smith, clerk for the District of Idaho.

The scam recently popped up in Idaho, where some residents received calls threatening them with prosecution for supposedly failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts.

The threat of a fine for shirking jury service is used to coerce the victims into providing confidential information that could lead to identity theft and fraud.

Anyone who receives such a call should provide no information and should notify the Clerk of Court’s office of the U.S. District Court or state court in their area, officials said.

It’s a crime to falsely represent oneself as a federal court official.

The U.S. Marshal’s Office and FBI are investigating the bogus calls.


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