Feds warn about court case email scam

Federal court authorities last week warned of a circulating email scam reportedly damaging computers nationwide.

Emails — which are carrying computer viruses — purporting to be from the federal or state court system have been reported over recent weeks and have caused an unknown amount of damage, the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts said.

The emails in question instruct people to report to a hearing at a specified date and time, federal authorities said. Recipients are also instructed to review an attached document for details of case information. When the attachments are launched, a malicious attachment or link is opened, infecting the computer.

Incidents involving related viruses have been reported over several states in recent weeks, federal authorities said.

Only on rare occasions are people contacted by federal courts via email.

“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 office of U.S. Courts said in a release.

Anyone receiving an email from federal courts about an unknown case is encouraged to call the Wayne N. Aspinall federal building, 245-5396, before opening any attachments or links.


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