United States District Court

Western District of Virginia

United States District Court
Western District of Virginia
Honorable Elizabeth K. Dillon, Chief District Judge   |   Laura A. Austin, Clerk of Court   |   Jennifer K. Williams, Chief Probation Officer

Jury Fraud Alert


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.


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

Scammers, claiming to be an officer or attorney of the U.S. government, have been contacting citizens and demanding payment of money or verification of personal information 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 viruses.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud or have received a scam phone call, phishing email, fax, or any fraudulent communication that purports to be from a federal court, notify the Jury Staff in the division closest to your residence at:

Abingdon Division  276-628-5116

Charlottesville Division  434-296-9284

Danville Division  434-793-7147

Harrisonburg Division  540-434-3181

Lynchburg Division  434-847-5722

Roanoke Division  540-857-5162 

Additional information about jury scams, including a video, is also available on this webpage.


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Bogus email about jury service
Bogus phishing email about jury service
Bogus telephone calls about jury service
Jury Phone Scam Video
Jury Phone Scam Using Marshals Service Name
U.S. Marshals Warn of Jury Duty Phone Scam