Notice to Appear in Court Scam
Notice To Appear In Court Scam: How It Works
(with video below) Being called in court could be a very intimidating experience in itself, let along being present there. Needless to say, criminals know that, too. You might have received an e-mail that seems to be from an attorney or the court desk in your city. The reason could be a health code violation.
There are two variations of the scam when it comes to the content of the message and the sender of it.
Watch the video below to see the first variation of the Notice To Appear In Court Scam exposed:
In this case, the sender claims to be from the local court office. In this case, the text is: "Hereby you are notified that you are expected in [your town] Court for the hearing of your case on [insert date]." The email also has a bogus email@example.com email address listed in there.
In the second variation of the scam, besides the letterhead featuring a law firm (one example is a company called Green Winick, but it could be anything else in your email), the content of the email is:
"Notice to Appear,
To view copy of the court notice click here [compromised link]. Please, read it thoroughly. Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence."
Before you read any further, do not click on the link provided. If you will, you will be taken to a website that hosts a version of f the notorious Asprox/Kulouz malware. Once downloaded and installed, the malware attempts to download further malware and allows criminals to maintain control of the infected computer and join it to a botnet.
How to Avoid the Notice to Appear In Court Scam:
Well, if you are called in court by a law firm, it's called something else. Have you ever heard the phrase "You are being served"? E-mails are not the way to be 'invited' by lawyers in front of a judge.
How to Report the Notice to Appear In Court Scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below: