Why your legal notice email is a scam

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Gentle Giant

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Assuming that you actually get here to this part, here's some reasons that the "court notice" email you received is a scam and completely fake.

If you have read about how to identify a scam email (which is here) then in addition to things like bad grammar, poor spelling, even poorer punctuation, the use of free email servers, etc. these are some other things that means your email is a scam.

What's the scam?
In this subforum you are going to run into the scam type which is a variation of the "phishing" email (see here for many more examples http://antifraudintl.org/forumdisplay.php?27). However, the email you received will do one of two things.

1. It will have a zip file attached. If you open the zip file you will install a malware program that appears to be designed to take over your computer so that it can be used as part of a botnet. You may lose access to your computer.

2. You will have a link to click which will direct to a website that will install a malware program that appears to be designed to take over your computer so that it can be used as part of a botnet. You may lose access to your computer.

In short: do not ever open a zip file from someone you do not know and do not ever click on links from someone you don't know.

Here are some other examples of the nonsense contained in these emails.

1. "We are the court of appeals...."
No, they aren't. An appeals court would never contact you by email for any reason. They would contact your attorney. They would contact your attorney because your attorney would be appealing from the decision of a lower court, usually referred to as a trial court or a court of first instance. They do not "receive" complaints from anyone. That is not their purpose or function. You have an email from an idiot who wants to install malware on your computer. Just delete the email and do not click anything except the "delete" button.

2. "You do not have to be present at trial in person..."
That's because there will be no trial in that court. That court doesn't even know who you are. See point #1 and delete the email.

3. "You are hereby given notice that you are in breach of your tenancy of the premises you currently occupy."
No, you won't. The criminal is trying to scare you into opening that email all the way and installing the malware on your computer.

4. "If you fail to comply you will be physically removed and fined for up to 100 minimum monthly wages."
This is so stupid I'm not really certain what the idiot means. I don't know whose minimum monthly wage they are referring to. You certainly cannot be "fined" for 100 times whatever the minimum monthly wage is. You received an email from an idiot who wants to install malware on your computer. Please just delete the email. You can be physically evicted from your residence for non-payment of a mortgage or monthly rent but it takes longer than 30 days to accomplish that, in a normal court system in a normal country.

5. "Please take notice that you have to come to the hearing of your case that will be held in the Court of Washington.."
Washington DC or Washington state? A real email from a court would indicate small little details like that. But the court won't email you, they will email your attorney. Please just delete the email.

6. "The subject of the hearing "illegal use of software".
The only illegal use of software is the criminal trying to install malware on your computer, and that's illegal (on his or her part) in most countries.
 

De Master Yoda

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Malware.

In short: do not ever open a zip file from someone you do not know and do not ever click on links from someone you don't know.
Sound advice.
If anyone has clicked on a suspicious link or attachment please run an anti virus scan.

Three good and free AV programs are "Malwarebytes" "Threatfire" and Sophos. If anyone feels they need help with this please contact one of the staff members who will assist you. Thank you.
 

Nanook

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Some of these emails are spoofing the domain of Wilmer Hale.

This is what they say: http://wilmerhale.com/pages/publicationsandnewsdetail.aspx?NewsPubID=10737423413

Dear Clients and Contacts of the Firm,

We are aware that many firm clients and contacts have received email messages purportedly sent from WilmerHale with subject lines similar to the following:

* Notice to quit the occupied premises No4851
* Urgent Eviction Notice No9412
* Notice to quit the occupied premises No6348
* Urgent Court Notice No81263
* Notice to appear in court No6795

These emails do not originate from WilmerHale and they encourage individuals to click on a link for the purpose of installing malware. Please delete these messages and avoid clicking on any links or attachments contained within them. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
 
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