Juror Scam Emails and Telephone Calls
A number of district courts around the country have reported that citizens in their districts are being targeted by a juror "phishing" email. "Phishing" scams are attempts by hackers or other unauthorized individuals to get personal information, usually for use in identify theft or other illegal endeavors.
The message some citizens have received looks convincingly official. It asks recipients to provide personal information such as a social security number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, etc. A PDF form is attached to the message and recipients are asked to email it back to the originator.
This is not a legitimate message from the United States District Court.
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee never requests that personal identification information be sent directly in an email response. Any legitimate request by our court for information is initiated by formal written correspondence and includes instructions for a juror participant to be authenticated over a secure connection.
A number of citizens have reported they are receiving telephone calls purportedly from the United States Marshals Service (USMS) or some other law enforcement agency telling them they have been fined for failure to report for jury duty and that unless they pay a fine they will be arrested. The callers may even go so far as to “order” their targets to come to the courthouse and pay a fine. In one case, the individuals were told to come to the courthouse to pay the fine on a Saturday. It is possible the callers intended to show up outside the courthouse and attempt to collect the fee without entering the building. This is not the practice of the USMS or of the Court. You will not receive a telephone call from the Court or the USMS telling you to pay a fine for failure to serve jury duty. Additionally, the Court is not open on Saturdays.
Should you receive a suspicious email like that described above, please do not complete and return it. If you receive a telephone call such as that described above, do not make any payment demanded. Instead, contact our Jury Administrator at (615) 736-5483 immediately and report the incident.