June 16, 2014
Public Advisory: “Court Notice” E-mail Scam
The Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia has learned of an e-mail scam in which an e-mail appears to be an official e-mail from a Virginia or federal court and falsely claims to be about an upcoming court case. The e-mail may include words such as "Notice to Appear in Court" or "Court Notice" in the subject line or in the body of the e-mail. The e-mail provides information for the recipient to contact the court, lending a sense of legitimacy to the scam.
The e-mail instructs the recipient to review an attached notice or click on a link provided in the e-mail. When the recipient opens the attachment or clicks on the link, a computer virus infects the recipient's computer. Please be advised that such e-mail is not from a court, nor is it about a court case, but a scam designed to infect the recipient's computer with a virus.
Virginia's circuit and district courts do not conduct business by sending unsolicited e-mail messages. If you receive an unsolicited e-mail claiming to be from a Virginia trial court:
- Do not open any attachments, click on any links, or unsubscribe - doing so may install the malware/virus onto your computer.
- Delete the e-mail.
- If you are uncertain about the legitimacy of the e-mail, contact information for all courts can be found on Virginia's Judicial System Website.