Los Angeles County residents were warned Friday about an email scam that threatens fines if they don’t appear in federal court for jury duty.

The sender — JuryDuty@donotreply.gov — purports to be from Clerk of Court “Sherry Mason.”

Similar warnings were also issued by authorities in South Dakota, Oklahoma and North Carolina and Idaho, the latter of which noted that the email’s sender is a “fictitious person.”

Los Angeles Superior Court officials noted that they don’t send those types of emails for jury service — federal courts don’t either — and that the emails should be deleted without opening them or clicking on any links.

The Los Angeles court system noted that its official summons are only issued under the name of Sherri R. Carter, who is the court’s jury commissioner, and are mailed.

Anyone with questions about a suspicious communication that appears to be from the Los Angeles Superior Court system or a law enforcement agency should contact the court or a law enforcement agency, officials said.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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