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Jury Scams
Jury Scams

Jury Phone Scams

In various parts of the United States, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with a federal jury summons.

Citizens have received phone calls attempting to coerce them into providing personal and confidential information.  Disclosing this information may result in identity theft and fraud. Citizens have also received requests from the caller to purchase a "money pack" card for payment to avoid arrest. These calls are hoaxes and scams.

The U.S. District Court of Idaho wants citizens to know that these calls are not from court officials. Federal courts do not require prospective jurors to provide sensitive information nor do we call and threaten prospective jurors. Finally, federal courts do not post on a Web site or any public site the names of jurors that have failed to comply with a jury summons or fail to appear for jury selection.

It is a crime for anyone to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal court official.  Citizen receiving threatening phone calls for failure to report for jury duty should never provide sensitive information (credit card numbers, bank account information, social security numbers, etc.) about themselves or family members.  Citizens receiving these calls can defend yourself by simply hanging up the phone and contacting the Federal Jury Administrator for the  District of Idaho at 208-334-1493 or 1-800-448-6172.  These matters will be turned over to the United States Marshal's Office.

Jury Scams
Judiciary Warns Public About "Jury Phone Scam"
September 2018 Jury Scams

Jury Scams

9/25/2018:  Our office received a phone call from a target of a jury scam in our Northern Division. The caller posing as Lt. Daniels advised they had a warrant for her arrest for failing to attend federal jury duty. The caller knew her address and work phone number. The phone call originated from 208-242-4666 which has since been disconnected.

9/27/2018:  Our office received another jury scam phone call.  The male caller called from 208-278-8272. The recording advises that you have called the Ada County Jury Commissioner's Office and they request that you leave a message and that an Officer of the Court will call you back.  The U.S. Marshal's Office has been notified to shut this phone number down.

These callers can be very convincing, threatening and intimidating.  Do not provide them any information, hang up the phone, and immediately notify your local County Jury Office and Federal Jury Office to report the scam.

 A court will always send a jury summons by U.S. Mail and will never demand payment or sensitive
 information over the telephone. 

Oct 2017 - Deputy Ryan Jackson - Jury Scam Calls

The Jury Office was notified today of the following jury scam.  The caller identifies himself as  Deputy Ryan Jackson with the Federal Marshal's Office.  The call is originating from phone number 208-352-2394,  which has been shut down by the U.S. Marshal's Office.

Oct 2017 Jury Scam - Deputy Ryan Jackson

Recount of Jury Scam phone call from the victim:

  • The person calling identified himself as Deputy Ryan Jackson with the Federal Marshal's Service;
  • He stated that I had been served by certified mail, return receipt signed for on August 8th, 2017 at an address where I had not lived for the past 5 years. The notice advised me to appear for jury service beginning on October 2, 2017.  
  • He stated that 2 detainers had been issued, one by Honorable Judge Mikel Williams, and one by Honorable Judge Lynn Winmill.
  • He informed me that the detainer information had been sent to all law enforcement agencies (local, state & federal), and if I was stopped for any reason that I would be detained.
  • I advised him that I had not lived at that address for more than 5 years. This caused him to pause and say he would have to check with his supervisor about how to get the warrants cancelled, and put me on hold.  The call use mysteriously disconnected. 
August 2017 Jury Scam - Nampa Police

Scammers are calling residents, claiming to be Officer Woodward of Nampa Police. They failed to report to jury duty or they had some sort of civil fine where they were requesting debit/visa cards and trying to get that information sent to them to pay off some sort of  fine so they don’t have to go to jail for it,” Woodward said."We don't collect money we serve the citizens and that's our business."

Jury Scam Warning Poster

The Jury Office for the United States Courts for the District of Idaho will never ask for payment, a credit card or social security number for failure to appear for jury duty.

Please report suspicious activity immediately to your local law enforcement agency.

June 26, 2017 Jury Scam

Citizens of the Treasure Valley are once again being victimized by a phone scam involving federal grand jury duty.  Individuals are contacted by telephone from an imposter posing as an Ada County deputy sheriff demanding payment for failing to appear for federal grand jury service.  The scam artist then demands payment via cash card or green dot card.  After victims purchase the cash cards they are advised to call the imposters back to provide them with the numbers on the back of the card, allowing them to access the money immediately.  Individuals are then directed to complete the transaction at a “bond kiosk” located at the Ada County Courthouse.

According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, deputies will never threaten citizens for missing jury duty, ask citizens to place funds on pre-paid credit cards or make payments at a courthouse kiosk.  Further, the federal jury office will never threaten citizens for missing jury duty or ask for funds.  If you do legitimately miss jury duty, you will receive a letter in the mail.

The Better Business Bureau advises that citizens can protect themselves from becoming a victim of identity theft by never disclosing personal information from unsolicited telephone callers. 

Please contact the Ada County Sheriff’s Office at (208) 377-6790 or visit the Better Business Bureau online at https://www.bbb.org/snakeriver/.

Jury Scam Press Releases

It is a crime for an individual to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal official or Deputy United States Marshal. Accordingly, these scams and any similar fraudulent conduct will be investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, in partnership with the FBI.

June 21, 2016 - Callers Impersonating USMS
Telephone Scammers Continue to Target Idaho Residents - Callers Claiming to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal Threaten with Federal Arrest Warrant
March 14, 2016 - Callers Impersonating USMS
Telephone Scammers Continue to Target Idaho Residents - Callers Claiming to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal Threaten with Federal Arrest Warrant
August 19, 2016 - Press Release

Telephone Scammers Continue to Target Idaho Residents

March 2017 - Local Jury Scam Alert

March 2017 - Jury Scam

EMMETT - Emmett's police chief and mayor are spreading the word that a phone scam that has made the rounds in various parts of the U.S. during the past year or so is targeting Idahoans.

The victims of this jury duty scam get a call from someone calling from what appears to be an Emmett number for the U.S. Marshals Office. The fraudulent number used is 208-398-3917.

The recipient of the call is told that they failed to report for federal jury duty and are threatened with arrest. The victims are told they can avoid being arrested by sending a sizable amount of money as "bail."

Officials said a Genesee couple received one of these calls last week.

The scammers described the layout of the couple's ranch by using Google Earth, then the caller provided a fake story about how the couple left the "original summons" to jury service.  

The couple believed the calls were local because "local-looking" numbers - such as the county sheriff - showed up on their caller ID. The caller also identified themselves as one of the deputies who actually works for the sheriff's office.

After the couple refused to send money, the scammers called the sheriff's office and impersonated the husband. They threatened to shoot any deputy who set foot on the couple's property and tried to arrest them.

The call was determined to be scam, since the couple was on the phone with dispatch when the fraudulent call was made.

Officials ask anyone receiving a call or email about missing jury duty to contact the state or federal court through the information given in the phone book or on the court's website - not the number given by the scammers. 

State nor federal courts don't make threatening phone calls or ask for personal information over the phone when someone misses jury duty.

June 20, 2016 - Jury Scam

June 20, 2016 Jury Scam

The District of Idaho has been alerted to two jury scams regarding phone messages from individuals impersonating federal officials and demanding payment of fines via cash cards.  If you receive a phone call from one of these individuals, please contact the Federal Jury Administrator directly at (208) 334-1493 or (800) 448-6172 with any questions or concerns.  These matters are immediately referred to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Scam #1:

Scammer is posing as a US Marshal and providing the name Lt. James McBride.  A direct dial phone of (208) 431-5229 and US Marshal number of (866) 930-9111 are provided.  Caller alleges that victim has a temporary bench warrant for failure to report for Grand Jury service in May 2016, which was reported by a "Ms. Stevens" at the "US Jury Administration".  Victim is directed to go to Rite Aid and purchase three $500 cash cards and to not alert any Rite Aid employees as to the purpose of the purchase of the cards. Upon questioning by victim, scammer was unable to provide any specific case information related to the purported fines. 

Scam #2:

Scammer is posing as an employee of the "Boise, Idaho United States Federal Administration Office" and is providing the name Mr. Nelson.  A phone number of (208) 352-7277 x 30 is provided.  Caller is able to confirm correct address of victim and alleges victim missed jury service in May 2016.   Victim is threatened with arrest if call is not returned.  

It is a crime for an individual to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal official or Deputy United States Marshal. Accordingly, this scam and any similar fraudulent conduct will be investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, in partnership with the FBI.

March 2, 2016 - Jury Scam (Pocatello)

March 2, 2016 Jury Scam (Pocatello)

CURRENT JURY SCAM:  An Idaho Falls resident received a phone call from a male identifying himself as Lieutenant Mark Richardson from the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office.  He advised this resident that there was a warrant for her arrest for failure to appear for jury duty at the Federal District Court in Pocatello.  He advised that she was sent a summons on January 18, 2016, and that she was to appear on February 23, 2016. The caller gave her several options on how to resolve her warrant. Please note that the call originated from the following phone number:  (208) 217-0698.

Citizens receiving these phone calls can defend yourself by simply ending the phone call as soon as possible and contacting the Federal Jury Administrator for the  District of Idaho at 208-334-9476 or 1-800-448-6172.  These matters will be turned over to the United States Marshal's Office.

November 2015 Jury Scam via email

The District of Idaho has been alerted to a jury scam email that is currently circulating.  If you receive such an email, please do not click on the case number provided in the body of the email.  It is a confirmed phishing scam.

Here's what to look for:

From:  JuryDuty@donotreply.gov

Subject:  You are summoned for Jury Duty for a Federal Case

Case number:  LMF546FF54  (Note: This is not a valid case number for the District of Idaho and specific case information is NEVER provided to prospective jurors)

Signed by:  Sherry Mason, Clerk of Court (Note:  this is a fictitious person)

What should you do?

Contact the Federal Jury Administrator, Sherry Richter directly at (208) 334-9476 or (800) 448-6172 with any questions or concerns.  These matters are immediately referred to the U.S. Marshals Service.

If you receive an email from the Federal Jury Office after completing your jury questionnaire(s) online using eJuror, email correspondence will be sent from the following court email addresses:

Boise:                      ejuror_BOI@id.uscourts.gov
Coeur d'Alene:  ejuror_CDA@id.uscourts.gov
Pocatello:             ejuror_POC@id.uscourts.gov

Email Jury Scam

A number of district courts have reported that citizens in their districts are being targeted by a juror phishing email that asks recipients to provide personal identifiers (SSN, DOB, mother's maiden name, etc). on an attached PDF form and emailed back to the originator.  This scam differs from previous incidents in its use of "eJUROR" as the source of the email and its attempt to obtain personal identifiers.

The District of Idaho does not request any personal information over the phone or via email.  Requests by our court to complete qualification questionnaire(s) is initiated by formal written correspondence (jury summons) which provides written instruction for the juror participant on how to fill their questionnaire(s) out online using our secure website of www.id.uscourts.gov

Citizens receiving these emails can defend yourself by simply not responding and contacting the Federal Jury Administrator for the  District of Idaho at 208-334-1493 or 1-800-448-6172.  These matters will be turned over to the United States Marshal's Office.

Example of the email that is being sent out:

From: "eJuror Program"
Date: July 30, 2014 at 7:53:51 AM EDT
To: 
Subject: eJuror Program
Reply-To: "eJuror Program"

Dear Prospective Juror 0150,

It is the policy of the United States that all litigants in Federal
courts entitled to trial by jury shall have the right to grand and
petit juries selected at random from a fair cross section of the
community in the district or division wherein the court convenes. It
is further the policy of the United States that all citizens shall
have the opportunity to be considered for service on grand and petit
juries in the district courts of the United States, and shall have an
obligation to serve as jurors when summoned for that purpose.

As an American citizen, it is your civic duty to respond to a jury
Summons and, if chosen, to serve as a juror. You have officially been
invited so.


Click here to fill out the eJury Duty Form now.

Sincerely,

National eJuror Program



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