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July 08, 2015

“Scam” Emails Involving Notices to Appear in Court


“Scam” Emails Involving Notices to Appear in Court
Source: New York State Unified Court System

It has come to the attention of the New York State Unified Court Systemthat scam emails, purporting to be coming from the New York State Court System, directing recipients to report to court and to open an attachment for more information, are infecting recipients’ computers with a virus.

The New York State Unified Court System has posted the following warning on the Internet::

“These scam emails typically instruct recipients to report to court on a specific day and time, and they often direct the recipient to bring documents and witnesses with them. They also typically warn that the court may proceed in their absence and that they will be sanctioned if they do not appear. The emails also instruct recipients to read a court notice that is attached. The attachment contains a computer virus. Do not open the attachment. Delete the email.

“Be on the alert. If you are not involved in a court proceeding and have not supplied the NYS courts with an email address for receiving court notifications, the courts do not communicate with you by email. The court system does not send unsolicited emails or requests for personal information. The court system does not send emails threatening sanctions if you do not appear in court. Nor does the court system send emails that ask you to open attachments in order to obtain additional information.

“If you have a question about a notice you have received from the New York State Unified Court System, please call 1-800-Court-NY.”

For more information about online scams, contact the NYS Office of the Attorney General:
http://www.ag.ny.gov/internet/common-online-scams

and/or the United States Federal Trade Commission:
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing

Remember, if you are unsure of the origin of a message, don’t open it, don’t reply to it and don’t click on any links within the message - delete the message.

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