U.S. courts warn of email juror scam

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The federal courthouse today received its first call from a concerned citizen who received an email as part of a nationwide scam operation targeting prospective jurors in the federal courts.

The email, purportedly from the "National EJuror Program" and sent this morning, directs the recipient to respond to a summons for grand and petit jury service and fill out a form with personal information, including date of birth, Social Security number and even mother's maiden name.

Courthouse officials said the email is not from real court officials and is an attempt to gain personal data as part of a likely identity theft operation.

At least seven other U.S. courts around the country received similar calls today from citizens in their jurisdictions who received the emails. It's not clear from where the sender is obtaining the names, although the caller to the court here was not in the juror database for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The federal court system has recently warned about a similar scam in which citizens have been targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service. Those calls have also requested personal data.

First Published July 30, 2014 12:00 AM

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