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Target 2: Email Jury Scam Circulates Waupaca County


A warning from Waupaca County officials after several residents received an email asking them to report for jury duty. The county says that will never happen because it can only send jurors summons through the mail.

Pastor Tom Theama says there was just something fishy about the emails he received in his inbox.

"I smelled a rat," he said. "Ruby Smith, Clerk of Courts, and Mary Smith, Clerk of Courts? OK, who's who? And why could the county contact me via email?"

According to Waupaca County Clerk of Courts Terrie Tews her office wouldn't, and state statute says it couldn't.

Tews says, "There is no process in the State of Wisconsin in which the circuit courts use email addresses to notify our jurors."

So when the Clerk of Courts Office in Waupaca County received several phone calls about residents receiving email summons for jury duty, red flags were raised and warnings are now going out.

"We tell everybody not to open them up because we're afraid it could be some sort of virus that they're receiving, so we actually informed them not to open them. Do not open the email."

Pastor Tom didn't. He says, "I figured if the county wanted me they would send me something in the mail and if I didn't respond to that they'd send someone to my house not via email."

Waupaca County officials say they won't send anyone to your home if you miss jury duty, but they want you to realize when you get a summons in the mail you need to respond to it. And never give your social security number or credit card number to anyone for jury duty, that's just not how the system works.

Adds Tews, "We feel that it's important for us to maintain their integrity and our integrity in the courts to be able to allow these people to feel comfortable coming here knowing that their information is not provided to other agencies."

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