Mich. court officials warn of possible email scam - WNEM TV 5

Mich. court officials warn of possible email scam

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The Michigan Supreme Court Building in Lansing. The Michigan Supreme Court Building in Lansing.

The administrative agency of the Michigan Supreme Court is warning people about a possible email scam that sounds official.

The State Court Administrative Office says Friday that the email notice states that the recipient is accused of "illegal software use" or other offenses. They instruct the recipient to download an attached "complaint" or click on a website link.

The court says the aim is to get a virus or malware onto a computer. The court says such attachments shouldn't be opened and such links shouldn't be clicked.

State Court Administrator John A. Hohman Jr. says the scam has appeared in some others states. It hasn't yet been reported in Michigan.

The body of the e-mail may be similar to the following example:

Please be informed that you are expected in the Court of _____ on February 2nd, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., where the hearing of your case of illegal software use will take place.

You may obtain protection of a lawyer, if necessary. Please bring your identity documents to the Court on the named day. Attendance is compulsory.

The detailed complaint is attached to this letter. Please download and read it thoroughly.

Signed, Clerk of the _____ Court

Those who receive these e-mail scams are encouraged to notify their local police or sheriff's office, as well as the court mentioned in the e-mail.

Copyright 2014 WNEM (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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