Wednesday, October 9, 2013

U.S. Courthouse Warns of Bogus Phone Calls Regarding Jury Service

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Officials at the U.S. Courthouse in Boise are warning of bogus phone calls to citizens across the country, and recently in Idaho, that are being threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts.

The calls reportedly are warning recipients of the calls that they were shirking jury service, while encouraging them to provide confidential data such as social security numbers or credit card numbers, leading to potential identity theft and fraud.

Court officials said they never require potential jurors to provide sensitive financial information over the phone.

Anyone receiving such a bogus call should not provide the requested information and should notify the Clerk of Court's office at 334-1373 or get more information at uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/JuryService/JurorScams.aspx.

It's a crime for anyone to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal court officials.

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