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Courts warn of email scam using phony court cases

January 17, 2014

The United States Courts cautioned attorneys this week about an email scam in which the emails purporting to come from federal and state courts are infecting recipients with computer viruses.

The emails tell recipients to report to a hearing on a specific day and time and ask recipients to review an attached document for detailed case information. By opening the link, a malicious program is launched that infects the recipient’s computer.

Several state courts have reported similar schemes.

“Unless you are actively involved in a case in federal court and have consented to receive court notifications electronically, you generally will not be served with court documents electronically,” the U.S. Courts Administrative Office notes in a release.

The U.S. Courts’ Administrative Office encourages people to contact the federal court in their jurisdiction before opening any attachments or links.
 

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