Jury Scams Hit Federal Courts

07/22/2014

EJUROR EMAIL SCAM

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.

For more information visit this uscourts.gov webpage: http://news.uscourts.gov/public-alert-new-juror-scam-seeks-personal-data

If you have recieved a suspicious email regarding jury service in the Western District of Washington, please contact the United States Marshals Service at 206-370-8600.

 

ARREST WARRANT PHONE SCAM

If you’ve received a phone call from a person who states there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest related to missed jury duty, please contact the United States Marshals Service at 206-370-8600.

These phone calls are fraudulent and typically instruct the caller to wire "settlement" money to avoid arrest. The caller will generally claim they are a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the U.S. government, but a valid warrant would be served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer, not conducted over the phone. The caller may also mention a judge, an unspecified “United States District Court,” a case number, and other, various charges.

These fake arrest warrants were reported across the country in early June, and have now been reported here in the Seattle area. 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.