Citizens are being targeted by phone calls and emails, threatening them with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts.
In the calls and emails, recipients are pressured to provide confidential data, potentially leading to identity theft and fraud. Some are requesting the individual to send money immediately to prevent prosecution. 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 courts.
Federal courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call or email. Most contact between a court and a perspective 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.
Jury duty is a vital civic responsibility and should be taken seriously by all citizens. However, it is a crime for anyone to falsely represent themselves as a federal court official. The federal judiciary takes seriously such an offense.
Persons receiving such a telephone call or email should NOT provide the requested information or send money. Please notify the Clerk of Court's office of the District Court in your area and contact the Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112 immediately.