Notice of Appearance in Court scam

Sun, Apr 17, 2016 4:46 pm
Re: Notice of appearance in Court #000957561
From: (District Court)

Notice to Appear,

You have to appear in the Court on the April 23.
Please, do not forget to bring all the documents related to the case.
Note: The case may be heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.

The Court Notice is attached to this email.

Brandon Cohen,
District Clerk.

The email address is an obvious red flag. And the email was sent on a Sunday, when the courts are closed. Brandon Cohen has a LinkedIn page, indicating that he used to work at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. (Of course, I’ve never lived in Philadelphia.) The email has an attachment, which undoubtedly contains a virus. Still, I imagine this scam catches quite a few people, scared that they’ve missed some important court date.

4 thoughts on “Notice of Appearance in Court scam

  1. These emails are rarely written by the recorded sender. Instead someone’s account gets hacked and used to send all kinds of spam.

    I have a couple of friends who aren’t security-conscious and I regularly receive crazy spam from them. I let them know to change their password, but after a while, it starts again.

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