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Prosecutor Warns Against Jury Duty Scam

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. is urging residents to be vigilant when checking email, especially if you see messages such as "Urgent Court Notice" or other notifications telling you to appear at court.

Scammers are emailing unsuspecting people notices that appear to be summons to court or jury duty. The language can even include an address for the courthouse or other contact information. But a link in the same email, when clicked will install malware, or malicious software, on the computer, which gives the scammer access to your files, passwords and possibly even financial information.

Heck says Ohio courts do not email jury notifications. The Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, through the Jury Management Office, psychically mails notifications to people summoned to jury duty based on the address on file with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Heck said the court does allow citizens who have received their notice in the mail to go online and fill out a questionnaire, but the initial contact comes through the mail.

Call the Jury Management Office (937-225-4704) or visit their website if you have any questions about a notice you receive for Montgomery County Court system.

If a notice is mailed from another court, use Google, or another search engine, to find that court's website if you have questions. Do not click on a link that you do not completely trust.

Heck says to be wary of any emails that require immediate response and make sure that your home anti-virus software is active and up to date.

 
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