Criminal crooks go after Oregonian money with juror fault

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State officials said during the conversation that recipients were forced to provide confidential information such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers, dates of birth or social security numbers. Officials warn that providing this information could lead to identity theft and fraud.

According to the OJD, state and federal courts do not require people to provide this personal data by call, email, or text message. However, you can receive jury notices and reminders via text message, but they will never ask you for personal information, make threats, or demand money.

If you receive this type of jury call, email or text message, you do not need to provide the requested information or payment. You should also not directly reply to the text or email, click on the links inside, or open any attachments, even if they appear to be from the courts or the police.

The OJD said crooks can create posts that appear to come from official sources when they are not.

Officials suggest trying to get a caller’s name and number before contacting a court to verify or report the contact. For state courts, the OJD said recipients of such appeals should immediately report the appeal or contact to the jury coordinator of the local circuit court.

You can find contact details for Oregon State Circuit Courts here. Information on jury duty and possible scams can be found here.

If you have ever received any of these calls, emails, or texts and provided any personal information, you should carefully monitor accounts and credit reports. If unauthorized charges are laid, report the theft to local police and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This can be done by calling 877-438-4338 or clicking here.

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