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Jury Duty Scam

Citizens in the Western District of New York  may receive various forms of false communication (scams) by phone or email. A recent scam involves jury forms with official-looking bar codes sent by email that ask for personal information such as  date of birth, mother's maiden name, etc. For more information about jury scams, click here.
If you have received a phone call or email asking you to provide personal information and/or send payment to avoid arrest or other penalty, it is a scam.

The Court will NOT do any of the following:
1. The Court will NOT send or accept jury forms by email. The Court's official forms do not require personal information such as your mother's maiden name.
2. Serve a warrant by e-mail or fax. Valid warrants will always be served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer.
3. Call, e-mail, or send a fax to tell you a warrant has been issued.
4. Demand the payment of money in lieu of being arrested.
5. Demand verification of personal information via email or phone call, such as  bank account information.

Scammers, claiming to be a officer or attorney of the U.S. government, have been contacting citizens and demanding payment of money or verification of personal information in order for the subject of the scam to avoid arrest. Scammers have also been sending official-looking jury forms via email to citizens that ask for personal information (phishing). Calls and emails such as these are scams. Such emails may contain Trojan horses or viruses.

What Can You Do?

If you believe that you have been the victim of fraud or have received a scam phone call, phishing e-mail, or fax, contact your local police or sheriff department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation  or the United States Marshals Service.
If you have any concerns about a communication that purports to be from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York , contact us at 716-551-1721
Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Fri, 03/16/2018

The Pro Se Assistance Program in both Buffalo and Rochester will be closed during the the week of March 19, 2018. It will re-open the week of March 26, 2018 during its regular days (Wednesday and Friday) and hours (11:30a.m. - 2:00 p.m.).

Thu, 03/01/2018

Please note the Pro Se Assistance Program is closed on 3/2/2018 due to weather.

Mon, 02/05/2018


Federal Court Proposed ADR Plan...

Sun, 01/21/2018

Federal Judiciary Remains Open During Government Shutdown
Despite a government shutdown, New York Western District Court will remain open for business. All proceedings will go forward as...

Tue, 08/07/2018

The Pro Assistance Program will be closed temporarily in both Buffalo and Rochester from the week of August 12 through the week of September 2, 2018.  It will reopen on Wednesday September 5, 2018.  

Mon, 05/07/2018

The pro se assistance program in buffalo will be closed between May 7 through May 29, 2018. It will re-open on Wednesday May 30, 2018. The program will then be open during its regular days and times: Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 am. Through...

Thu, 01/04/2018

Due to the forecasted weather conditions, the Pro Se Assistance Program in both Buffalo and Rochester will NOT be open Friday, January 5, 2018.  It will be open as scheduled on Wednesday January 10, 2018.

Thu, 12/14/2017

The PRO SE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM will be closed in Buffalo from January 19, 2018 through February 13, 2014 and reopen on February 14...

Mon, 12/04/2017

Updates to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy and Civil Procedure, ...

Mon, 05/15/2017

Beginning May 15, 2017, the U.S. Probation Office in the Western District of New York will electronically file all pre-sentence reports (PSR) through CM/ECF (See Standing Order filed 5/15/2017 located on this site under Standing Orders and...