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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.

Thu, 11/05/2020

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Tue, 09/15/2020

This court, the VLSP and VLP are hosting an upcoming FREE LIVE CLE WEBINAR providing 3.5 MCLE credits including ethics and diversity credits, and nationally recognized speakers. Please see the full details ...

Tue, 08/25/2020

The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut is appointing a new Magistrate Judge in the Bridgeport office. Interested parties should review the announcement and application materials here:

Thu, 06/25/2020

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York is scheduling downtime for upgrade and maintenance to the case management system, CM/ECF. E-filing will be unavailable Saturday, June 27, 2020, from 10:00 am EST until 3:00 pm EST....

Fri, 05/22/2020

By order of the Chief Judge, Frank P. Geraci, Jr. the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York will close at 2:00pm on Friday, May 22, 2020.  The court will re-open with normal business hours after the Memorial Day holiday on...

Tue, 03/17/2020

Please note: CM/ECF has been upgraded to version 6.3. The changes and known issues are detailed in the link below.

Click here for Upgrade 6.3 Notes


Sat, 03/14/2020

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York has issued a General Order regarding Court Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic Event. Please read the full order...