Judge warns of jury service phone scam to get personal info

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 7:51 AM

 (KMOV) –Illinois state officials warn of scam targeting citizens with phone calls which threaten prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts.

The caller falsely claims to represent the federal government and tries to get personal, sensitive information from the victims. The scammers threaten prosecution and jail time for who didn’t serve on juries.

Federal courts did not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call. Most contact between the courts and a prospective juror is made through U.S. Mail.

Chief Judge David Herndon said there’s no evidence the scam is being used in the area, though it has been used in other parts of the country.

Anyone who has received this call should not provide the requested information, and should notify the Clerk of Court’s office of the U.S. District Court in their area. 

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