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Notice of Juror Phishing Scam

July 31, 2014
News Category: 
Jury Fraud

A number of district courts have reported in the last few days that citizens are being targeted by a juror phishing email. This email asks recipients to provide personal identifiers (SSN, DOB, mother’s maiden name, etc.) on an attached PDF form to be emailed back to the originator. A sample of the scam email is included at the end of this notice. This scam differs from previous incidents in its use of "EJuror" as the source of the email and in its attempt to obtain personal identifiers.

DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL - IT IS A SCAM. Courts using the official eJuror system will 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. Instructions would be provided to the juror participant so that responses would be authenticated over a secure connection.

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ANY SUCH EMAIL OR KNOW OF ANYONE WHO HAS, please contact the local U.S. Attorney’s office, which can then notify the Department of Justice. You may also contact the Clerk of Court if you have further questions on this matter.

A copy of the scam email is included below:

 

From: "EJuror Program"mabon@nsuok.edu

Date: July 30, 2014 at 7:53:51 AM EDT

To:smayl@comcast.net

Subject: EJuror Program

Reply-To: "EJuror Program"picket2@msn.com

 

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 invited so.

 

Click here to fill out the Ejury Duty Form now.

 

Sincerely,

 

National EJuror Program