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It seems that a lot of people – possibly including attorneys – are receiving emails that say they come from a federal or state court, but that actually are fraudulent and have a computer virus.
According to the Security Operations Center of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the emails are instructing recipients to report to a hearing on a specified day and time. The emails also instruct recipients to review an attached document for detailed case information. When the attachments or links in the email are opened, a malicious program is launched that infects the recipient's computer.
Several state courts have reported similar schemes, and also are warning the public about potential viruses.
Unless people are actively involved in a case in court and have consented to receive court notifications electronically, they generally will not be served with court documents electronically.
If people receive email regarding a court case or matter of which they are unaware, they should contact the court in their jurisdiction before opening any attachments or links. Here is a court locator to find appropriate federal contact information.
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