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Emailed notice for federal jury duty a hoax

If people in Western Pennsylvania get an official-looking email telling them they’ve been summoned to federal jury duty, it’s a hoax, a federal court official said Wednesday.

Though her office sometimes communicates with prospective jurors by email, that happens only after someone has gone through the selection process, said Terri Morder, jury administration supervisor for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The initial notice is “never, never, never by email from us,” she said. “We’re required to do it by mail. That’s law.”

Even someone who’s been selected as a juror would only get an email from her office in response to the juror sending an email asking a question or requesting to be excused from jury duty, she said.

The hoax email asks the recipient to click on a link to fill out an “Ejury Duty Form.” The intent appears to be to get the person’s personal information and steal his or her identity, Morder said. At least one woman in Pittsburgh has received such an email and other courts nationwide are also getting reports of people receiving the email.


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