Bogus jury service phone calls reported in Idaho

Statesman staffOctober 9, 2013 

The U.S. Courts, District of Idaho, issued a warning Wednesday about bogus jury service phone calls.

In a problem that has arisen throughout the country - and surfaced recently in Idaho - people are being threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. By threatening people with a fine, the callers are trying to obtain sensitive data such as Social Security and credit card numbers - which could lead to identity theft and fraud.

Federal courts do not require potential jurors to provide sensitive financial information over the telephone.

People who receive these calls are advised not to provide the requested information and notify the Clerk of Court's office of the United States District Court or state court in their area.

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