Jury Scam: Phone calls
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky has become aware of a telephone scam targeting residents of the District.
In this scam, a caller identifies himself as a Deputy United States Marshal and claims that someone in the household has failed to appear for jury duty and a judge has therefore issued an arrest warrant for them. They are told to appear before the court at a particular date and time or pay a fine via a pre-paid or re-loadable money card.
The Clerk’s Office for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky advises everyone to be cautious of calls that request payment or access to personally identifiable in formation, regardless of who the caller claims to represent.
If you are contacted, DO NOT send money and contact the Clerk’s office immediately at 859-233-2503.
Jury Scam: Phishing emails
Although we are not aware of activity in the Eastern District of Kentucky, a number of district courts around the country have reported that citizens in their districts are being targeted by a juror "phishing" email. "Phishing" scams are attempts by hackers or other unauthorized individuals to get personal information, usually for use in identify theft or other illegal endeavors.
The message some citizens have received today looks convincingly official. It asks recipients to provide personal information such as a social security number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, etc. A PDF form is attached to the message and recipients are asked to email it back to the originator.
This is not a legitimate message from the United States District Court.
Courts using eJuror, including the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, never request that personal identification information be sent directly in an email response. Any legitimate request by our court for information is initiated by formal written correspondence and includes instructions for a juror participant to be authenticated over a secure connection.
Should you receive a suspicious email like that described above, please do not complete and return it. Instead, contact our Jury Administrator at 800-432-0657 immediately.