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Better Business Bureau warns Phony Court Email Summons carry Malware


Better Business Bureau - BBBNashville, TN – In today’s society, almost anyone could be sued at any point in time, and that’s what makes a malicious malware scam so effective. Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns business and consumers to watch out for fake emails that summons you for a court appearance. If you’ve received an email stating that you are supposed to appear to court, delete it immediately.

Some scams pop up repeatedly, each time with a different twist. How do you know the summons is a fake? Courts don’t send summons via email. Legitimate court appearance notices are routinely delivered via the U.S. Postal Service, Sheriffs Department or by a process server, never by e-mail or phone calls from someone identifying them self as a court official.

Better Business Bureau warns Phony Court Email Summons carry Malware

If you’re being summoned by these suspicious means, “Don’t Fall For It”!

Here’s an example of a schemer’s latest attack directed to BBB Middle TN’s public email address attempting to download a harmful virus onto our computer.

The message says BBB is summoned to appear in court, but absolutely no details. To find out more, the email urges the receiver to download the attached “copy of the court notice”. With one click the attachment will infect the user’s computer with malicious malware.

What You Need To Know

  • Courts normally communicate through mail unless you are involved in a court case and have opted to receive phone or email communication.
  • If you question whether you need to appear in court, contact the court system direct. Search for the court’s phone number on the web; don’t call numbers listed in an email.
  • Watch out for variations of this scheme. A similar email scam attempted to trick victims by indicating they had missed or had been summoned for jury duty.
  • Finally, ignore calls for immediate action. Scammers depend on you acting act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. “Don’t Fall For It”!

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