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Jury Duty and Other Types of Scams

If you have received a phone call or email asking you to provide personal information and/or send payment to avoid arrest or other penalty, it is a scam.

The Court will NOT do any of the following:

  1. The Court will NOT send or accept jury forms by email. The Court's official forms do not require your social security number or other personal information such as your mother's maiden name. 
  2. Serve a warrant by e-mail or fax. Valid warrants will always be served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer.
  3. Call, e-mail, or send a fax to tell you a warrant has been issued.
  4. Demand the payment of money in lieu of being arrested.
  5. Demand verification of personal information via email or phone call, such as date of birth, social security number, or bank account information.

Scammers, claiming to be a officer or attorney of the U.S. government, have been contacting citizens and demanding payment of money or verification of personal information in order for the subject of the scam to avoid arrest. Scammers have also been sending official-looking jury forms via email to citizens that ask for personal information (phishing). Calls and emails such as these are scams. Such emails may contain Trojan horses or viruses.

What Can You Do?

If you believe that you have been the victim of fraud or have received a scam phone call, phishing e-mail, or fax, contact your local police or sheriff department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (503-224-4181 or www.fbi.gov/portland/contact-us/contact), or the United States Marshals Service (503-326-2209 or www.usmarshals.gov/district/or/).

If you have any concerns about a communication that purports to be from the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, contact us at 503-326-8000. More information about jury duty scams, including a video, is available on the U.S. Courts website.

  • Warning: Scams on the Rise

    Scammers impersonating courts for the purpose of stealing personal information are becoming increasingly prevalent. The Court wants the public to know that it will never ask for your Social Security number or other personal information over the phone or by e-mail. Nor will the Court ever send to you an unsolicited e-mail or e-mail attachment. Do not open any unexpected or unsolicited e-mail attachments because they likely contain malicious code designed to transmit personal information back to the scammer. If you are unsure about the validity of a communication purporting to be from the Court, please contact us. Contact local law enforcement if you have been the victim of a scam. For more information about scams, click here.

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