Scam Alerts

Sheriff Jury Duty Telephone Scam -- Posted on July 27, 2015

The Hawaii State Judiciary received a report from an individual who was contacted by someone claiming to be from the “Honolulu Sheriff Department” and was serving warrants for people who did not show up for jury duty. The alleged scammer was offering to clear the warrant in exchange for payment.

Deputy sheriffs and staff of the Hawaii State Judiciary do not call people about bench warrants having to do with jury duty, or solicit payments to resolve or clear bench warrants. If you received a call you are not sure about, please contact the Hawaii State Judiciary Communications and Community Relations Office at pao@courts.hawaii.gov or call (808) 539-4909.

Court Hearing Scam -- Posted on February 18, 2015

The Hawaii State Judiciary has received multiple reports of an email scam purporting to come from a district court employee. The emails are summoning an individual to court. The email also instructs the recipient to click on attached documents to get more information relating to the case.

Please do not click on the attachments or respond to this email scam. In general, the public will not be contacted by the Hawaii State Judiciary for official business by email and we do not summon people to court electronically. If you received an email you are not sure about, please contact the Hawaii State Judiciary Communications and Community Relations Office at pao@courts.hawaii.gov or call (808) 539-4909.

Court Date Scam -- Posted on March 4, 2014

We were made aware of another telephone scam today, where a caller who purports to be a district court employee notifies an individual that he or she has missed a court date and a fine is being assessed. The alleged scammer then left a telephone number for a return call to an out-of-service number.

Employees of the Hawaii State Judiciary do not summon people to court by phone. If you receive such a call, please contact the Hawaii State Judiciary Public Affairs Office at pao@courts.hawaii.gov or call (808) 539-4909.

Eviction Email Scam -- Posted on February 27, 2014

The Hawaii State Judiciary continues to receive reports of email scams, in which emails purporting to come from Hawaii State Judiciary offices or staff are being sent to individuals worldwide. The most recent email scam claims to be from a bailiff and instructs the individual to vacate his or her premises and to click on a link for more information. When the individual clicked on the link, it reportedly crashed her computer.

Please do not click on the link or respond to these email scams. In general, the public will not be contacted by the Hawaii State Judiciary for official business by email and we do not summon people to court electronically. If you receive an email you are not sure about, please contact the Hawaii State Judiciary Public Affairs Office at pao@courts.hawaii.gov or call (808) 539-4909.

Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals Email Scam -- Posted on February 4, 2014

The Hawaii State Judiciary has received multiple reports of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals are being sent to individuals worldwide. The email refers to a pretrial notice, stating that a complaint has been received and a court date has been set. The email then instructs the individual to click on a link to confirm details of the trial. Please do not click on the link or respond to this email scam. In general, the public will not be contacted by the Hawaii State Judiciary for official business by email and we do not summon people to court electronically.

If you receive an email you are not sure about, please contact the Hawaii State Judiciary Public Affairs Office at pao@courts.hawaii.gov or call (808) 539-4909.

Sheriff Jury Duty Telephone Scam -- Posted on February 3, 2014

Individuals are calling people and claiming to be Sheriff Deputies serving warrants for people who did not show up for jury duty. They are offering to clear the warrant if people will pay for a product or service.

Deputy sheriffs and staff at the Hawaii State Judiciary do not call people about warrants having to do with jury duty or solicit the purchase of anything.

Scam Emails About Phony Court Cases Carry Computer Virus -- Posted January 14, 2014

The federal judiciary has learned of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from federal and state courts are infecting the recipients' computer with viruses. There have not been any reported cases here locally, but we wanted to alert the public to be cautious about this scam. In general, the public will not be contacted by the Hawaii State Judiciary for official business by email and we do not summon people to court electronically. For more information, visit: http://news.uscourts.gov/public-alert-scam-emails-about-phony-court-cases-carry-computer-virus. If you receive an email you are not sure about, please contact the Hawaii State Judiciary Public Affairs Office at (808) 539-4909.

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