Update 9/1/2015: We've also been seeing this scam in Vermont. Vermonters, be sure to keep an eye out for this jury duty scam. Remember: if you get a call from a strange number asking for your personal information, hang up!
Recently, an old scam has resurfaced in Colorado but even if you aren't living in Colorado... this scam is old as time. Get the facts, so you don't become a victim of the jury duty scam!
So what exactly is the juror scam?
Well, for years American citizens have been targeted by phone calls and emails, threatening them with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. But here's the catch: these are fake and could lead to identity theft and fraud. In the calls and emails, recipients are pressured to provide confidential data. These calls and emails, which threaten recipients with fines and jail time if they do not comply, are fraudulent and are not connected with the U.S. courts!
Do Federal courts require you to provide any sensitive information?
Federal courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call or email. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, most contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be through the U.S. mail, and any phone contact by real court officials will not include requests for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information.
What should I do if I receive a phone call from a potential fraudster?
Hang up. Don't provide any information. Then, report the phone call to local law enforcement.