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Jury Scams

Be Aware of Juror Scams Affecting Federal Courts

The court has been advised of a scam involving a fraudulent summons for federal jury service sent via email. Please note that the U.S. District Court does not summon jurors via email. DO NOT open any links in an email that purports to summon you for federal jury service. You should delete the message immediately. A genuine summons for federal jury service will arrive via U.S. mail bearing the court seal, and will provide the court's email and phone contact information.

If you have any doubts about the validity of a jury summons you have received, contact the court (see Jury Contact to the left).

 U.S. Marshals Warn of Nationwide Jury Scam

The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a nationwide telephone scam involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials seeking to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty. The U.S. Marshals Service said it does not call anyone to arrange payment of fines over the phone for failure to appear for jury duty or any other infraction. In order to appear more credible, the scammers may even provide information like badge numbers and the names of actual federal judges and courthouse addresses. Victims have been told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine using a reloadable credit card, and were urged to call a number and provide their own credit card number to initiate the process.The Marshals Service urges the public not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers, even if they sound legitimate. If anyone contacts your court believing that they were a victim of the jury duty scam, please encourage them to report the incident to local law enforcement department, or local U.S. Marshals or FBI office.

You may be the target of a juror scam.

Recently a number of people have received phone calls and/or emails with threats of prosecution—including fines and jail time—for failing to appear for jury service in federal court. These calls and emails are fraudulent and are not connected with the U.S. Courts. Members of the public also are warned about any request to provide confidential information in response to callers or to an email. The federal court will not ask for sensitive information such as a Social Security number, driver's license number, or mother's maiden name, in a telephone call or email. Initial contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be a request through the U.S. mail to complete a juror qualification questionnaire (some jurors may subsequently go online to a secure court website to complete that questionnaire). Phone contact by federal court officials to potential jurors will never include requests for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information. If you receive a call asking for this information, or if you have questions, please contact the District of Montana Jury Administrator at (800) 296-6577. To learn more about juror scams, see this at U.S. Courts web page and Juror Scam Alert.