Juror scams have been reported in three federal court districts, where victims are falsely being told they missed jury duty and must pay a fine or face arrest. The scams have occurred most frequently in the District of New Mexico, but federal court officials in Utah and Colorado said they recently received similar complaints.
Federal courts never ask jury candidates to provide sensitive information, such as Social Security or credit card numbers, over the telephone. It is also a crime to falsely represent oneself as a federal court employee. Anyone suspecting a fraudulent call regarding jury service in United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia should contact this Court's Jury Administrator at 304-637-2144.
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Friday, August 30, 2013