Jury duty scam targets Marylanders

Posted at 8:35 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 07:03:12-04

Scammers are out to get our personal information by claiming you missed jury duty, according to the Maryland Judiciary.

Officials said the scammers send victims an email claiming to be from the “clerk to the court” seeking personal information by saying the recipient skipped out on jury service. The email provides a link with the instructions to review the information, "after which you may be contacted and required to appear in court before a judge."

This phishing scam has been reported by multiple people in Prince George's County, but the scam also may be active in other counties. 

The Maryland Judiciary does not notify jurors about missed service by email and warns recipients not to click on the link. Doing so can open malware and harvest personal information from the user’s computer. Anyone receiving this type of email should delete it immediately.  Do not reply and do not click on the link or open any attachments.

If you have any questions about a communication from a court, contact the District Court or Circuit Court in your jurisdiction.

People affected by this email scam or other scams may also contact the Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 410-528-8662 or toll free 888-743-0023, as well as local law enforcement