A summoned juror recently reported receiving phone calls with threats of prosecution—including fines and jail time—for failing to appear for jury service in federal court. Calls and e-mails such as this are fraudulent and are not connected with the U.S. courts. The scammers may tell you not to contact anyone or take any other steps. BEWARE, this tactic is used to scare you. You are always welcome to contact our court at 913-735-2200 to confirm communication about jury service.
Members of the public also are warned about any request to provide confidential information in response to callers or to an email. The federal court will not ask for sensitive information such as a Social Security number, driver’s license number, or mother’s maiden name, in a telephone call or email.
Initial contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be a request through the U.S. mail to complete a juror qualification questionnaire (some jurors may subsequently go online to a secure court website to complete that questionnaire.) Phone contact by federal court officials to potential jurors will never include requests for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information. If you receive a call asking for this information, or if you have questions, please contact Kim Leininger at 913-735-2205 or Kim_Leininger@ksd.uscourts.gov.
To learn more about juror scams, see this U.S. Courts web page.