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Jury Duty Email Phishing Scam Resurfaces

Posted by Debbie Howlett

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Aug 5, 2014 4:08:00 PM

The U.S. federal court system is warning about a new juror email phishing scam that emerged last week and so far has been reported in at least 14 U.S. court districts.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said people around the country are receiving emails claiming they have been selected for jury service and demanding that they return an attached online form that requests personal information such as Social Security number, date of birth, driver’s license number and even mother’s maiden name. According to the email, anyone who fails to provide the information will be ordered to court and could face fines and jail.

The emails look official and are purportedly from the “National Ejuror Program,” which is a real online registration program used in about 80 U.S. district courts, but the email is not connected to the real eJuror program.

According to snopes.com, this particular phishing scam has been around since 2005, and isn’t likely to go away any time soon.

Today, phishing is one of the most damaging forms of identity theft. It has proven to be a very effective way to trick millions of users into revealing confidential information that can then be used to steal their identities. Research firm Gartner estimates that around 57 million U.S. Internet users receive phishing emails each year, and as many as 1.8 million may have divulged personal information as a result.

Unlike Phishing, Spear Phishing is a form of phishing that targets victims by using personal information about the user to build trust. The email appears to be from an individual or business that you know, but it isn’t. It's from criminal hackers who want your credit card and bank account numbers, passwords, and the financial information on your computer or mobile device.

If you're interested in learning how to reduce your spear phishing risk, sign up today for our upcoming webinar, Defending Against Spear Phishing Attacks, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST with Internet pioneer and DNS expert Dr. Paul Vixie.

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Topics: Email Security, Netmail, webinar, spear phishing, identity theft, phishing

    

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