The Supreme Court of Virginia is sounding a warning about official-looking emails carrying viruses.
The court’s Office of the Executive Secretary said it learned of a scam in which an email appears to be an official communication from a Virginia or federal court and falsely claims to be about an upcoming court case.
The email may include words such as “Notice to Appear in Court” or “Court Notice” in the subject line or in the body of the email. The email provides information for the recipient to contact the court, lending a sense of legitimacy to the scam, the court’s notice said.
The email instructs the recipient to review an attached notice or click on a link provided in the email. When the recipient opens the attachment or clicks on the link, a computer virus infects the recipient’s computer, the notice said.
The court advises that such an email 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 email messages, the notice said.
If you receive an unsolicited email 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 email.
- If you are uncertain about the legitimacy of the email, contact information for all courts can be found on Virginia’s Judicial System website.