Notice to Appear in Court (scam alert)

Some of the most dangerous scams are the ones that take a bullying/threatening approach to potential victims. “You are in trouble,” or “Your payment is overdue,” or, in this case, “You must appear in court.”

But ask yourself: would any real legal notice come from an email address at “” (whatever that is)? And it’s a message from “State Court” — but what state? Clearly the scammer would never specify a particular location because the message is going to be blasted to thousands of random people all over the world, and if the supposed location wasn’t near you, you’d immediately recognize it as a scam.

Subject: Notice to Appear in Court
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015
From: “State Court”

Notice to Appear,

You have to appear in the Court on the August 13.
Please, prepare all the documents relating to the case and bring them to Court on the specified date.

Note: The case may be heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.

The Court Notice is attached to this email.

Yours faithfully,
Alfredo Peck,
Court Secretary.

This message also came with an attachment (deleted here for safety). Opening attachments from people you don’t know is never wise, and this one probably contained a virus or a scam link that would have infected your computer.

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