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Alert: Phony Jury Notification E-mails Circulating -- Judiciary Warns Against Sending Personal Information

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Winnie Comfort, AOC
(609) 292-9580
For release: January 10, 2002

New Jersey residents in seven counties have reported to Judiciary officials that they are receiving e-mails instructing them to fill out electronic forms to register for jury duty. The e-mails threaten a fine of $1,500 or more for not complying with the instructions.

"These e-mails are fake and may be an attempt to obtain personal information such as Social Security numbers for illegal purposes. There is no electronic jury notification in New Jersey. We send official jury duty notification through the U.S. Postal Service," said Judiciary Administrative Director Judge Richard J. Williams.

"We immediately reported this activity to the Attorney General's office and will be working with the Division of Criminal Justice, Computer Analysis Unit to determine how widespread this e-mail scam is.

"In the meantime, we are warning all New Jersey residents not to respond to such electronic notices or to forward any personal information requested in the e-mail," Williams said.

So far, the e-mails have been reported to court officials in Bergen, Camden, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Union Counties. The e-mail creators attempt to imitate an official court document letterhead with language that says "Jury Duty Notification" at the top and "Department of Online Juror Notification, Superior Court" at the bottom of the page.

Persons receiving e-mails for jury duty notification are asked to notify the Computer Analysis Unit at 609-292-8367.

Questions about jury duty may be directed to the Jury Management Office in each Superior Court around the state. Check local directory listings for Superior Court telephone numbers, or check the directory of jury managers on this Web site.

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