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Call was received on May 22, 2024. 

Scammers Forge Arrest Warrants
JURY SCAMS

Citizens of Idaho are being targeted by phone calls threatening arrest for contempt of court, written citations, warrants for failing to comply and/or not showing up for federal jury service.

Scammers sound convincing and use real information about the victim, actual court addresses and  names of federal judges or local law enforcement officers to make the scam appear more credible. Scammers may even “spoof” the phone number on caller ID so that the call falsely appears to be from law enforcement and may have police radio traffic in the background. Callers tend to have an accent, are threatening, intimidating and try to keep you on the phone. You may also be told to report to the police department to provide your signature for verification that your signature matches what is on your jury documents. 

Never meet these individuals, provide cash,contact a Bail Bondsman, purchase pre-paid money cards or provide personal information. The callers are requesting hundreds to thousands of dollars and advising that your money would be refunded after the matter is taken care of and after a Zoom call with the Judge. If you do not comply with their demands, they get angry and may text or tell you that deputies are on their way to arrest you. Citizens receiving these calls can defend yourself by simply hanging up the phone.

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 or request any sort of payment. 

It is a crime for anyone to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal court official. Citizens receiving threatening phone calls for failure to report for jury duty should never provide sensitive information such as: credit card numbers, bank account information, social security numbers, etc. about themselves or family members.

Don’t be a victim. Hang up the phone and spread the word that scammers are actively calling citizens regarding jury service.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS/CONCERNS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU MISSED JURY SERVICE, GO DIRECTLY TO THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE AND SPEAK TO JURY STAFF.

Jury Scams

(FBI) Alert: Nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report calls to their local FBI office and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which can detect patterns of fraud from information collected and share that data with law enforcement.

US Marshals Office & FBI: Report Jury Scams
Local FBI Office: 208-344-7843
National Elder Fraud Line:  1-833-372-8311 
April 18, 2024 Jury Scam via email

Email address:  summons@filingverification.com
Subject Line:     Missed Jury Summons
Judge:               H.A. Rassmusen, Federal District Court

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.  

Jury Scams
Judiciary Warns Public About "Jury Phone Scam"
March 2024: Canyon Co. Sheriff's Office

The scammers are calling multiple times, leaving voice messages, emailing Coinstar Bitcoin ATM Kiosk instructions, and a U.S. District Court Federal Arrest Warrant.

Calls from Blocked Phone Numbers: 208-306-8671 and 208-454-7510.

Email used: OfficeCanyoncountycivildept@outlook.com

Names used:  Lt. Daniels, Sgt. Brain Adams & Sgt. Jason Roberts

Sept 2023 Jury Scam Sgt. Johnson/Ada Co. Sheriff

Caller ID displayed "No Caller ID."  Male caller left a voice message identifying himself as Sgt. Stephen Johnson with Ada County Sheriff's Office and provided call back number of (270) 418-2072. Caller spoke quickly/hard to understand. Threatened arrest for failing to appear for federal grand jury & contempt of court. See below for full detailed description of the scam.

 

Sept 2023 Jury Scam - BPD Officer Mayes #3327

The call originated from 208-481-4133. Male caller with accent identified himself as Boise Police Officer Johnathan Mayes, Badge #3327. He advised a warrant had been issued for failure to appear to a federal jury notice that had been signed for on July 25th. The caller directed him to report to the police station to complete a DNR "Did not receive notice" to clear everything up. Boise Police Department was notified. 

Jury Scams
Judiciary Warns Public About "Jury Phone Scam"
AUGUST 2023 Bannock County Jury Scam

POCATELLO — The Bannock County Clerk’s Office has received numerous reports of phone fraudsters threatening prosecution for failing to appear for jury service. These scammers are asking for false fines to be paid with prepaid cards.

Scammers Posing as Bannock County Employees
POCATELLO — The Bannock County Clerk’s Office has received numerous reports of phone fraudsters threatening prosecution for failing to appear for jury service. These scammers are asking for false fines to be paid with prepaid cards.
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.


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