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Text & Phone Scams:
Courts have recently reported a resurgence of various phishing scams. In one type of scam, an e-mail is sent from JuryDuty@donotreply.gov informing the recipient that he or she has been selected for jury duty and needs to appear at the Federal Courthouse within three weeks. It asks for two forms of identification and states that the recipient will be automatically fined if they do not appear. They include a case number that has a link imbedded in it. These e-mails are not from the Court. You should not respond to them, nor should you click on any links contained in the e-mail.
Unless you are actively involved in a case in federal court and have consented to receive court notifications electronically, you generally will not be served with court documents electronically. Once you do consent to electronic notifications, Federal Courts use a secure website called eJuror and never request that personal identification information be sent directly in an email response. Do not respond to any emails requesting personal identification information regarding jury service.
Prince William County Police have reported a variation of this scam using text messages. People receive texts from an unrecognized number that reads something like this: “You are reminded of your upcoming court hearing on July 25, 2018. Please respond with a C to confirm.” Please, remember, whether the sender or caller claims to be from a court, law enforcement agency or the IRS, they will NEVER request payment over the phone.
No law enforcement agency will demand or request your identifying information or payment online, and you will absolutely never need to make a payment with Bitcoin or gift cards to any legitimate governmental agency or court. If you have questions or concerns about the legitimacy of any form of communication you receive, use published information from a telephone book or official website to contact the company or agency directly.