False ‘Court Case’ Email Scam Circulating In Nebraska

The Nebraska Judicial Branch wants to warn the public about a computer virus that is being delivered via email falsely claiming to be about a court case. The Judicial Branch has learned that the email references an upcoming court case; however, the email is a scam. Opening any attachment or clicking on any link in the message may trigger a malicious program designed to infect the recipient’s computer.
The email is not from the courts nor is it about a court case.
If you receive an email with a subject line such as “Hearing of your case in Court” or “Notice to Appear in Court,” it is recommended that individuals:
• Do not open any attachments, click on any links, or unsubscribe. Doing so may install the malware/virus onto your computer.
• Delete the email.
The email appears to be coming from a variety of random sources. The body of the email may read something like the following example:
From: Notice to Appear
Subject: Hearing of your case in Court NR#6976
Notice to Appear,
Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing that will take place in the court of Washington, January 9, 2014 at 10:00 am. Please bring all documents and witnesses relating to this case with you to Court on your hearing date.
The copy of the court notice is attached to this letter.
Please, read it thoroughly.
Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence.
Yours truly,
Alison Smith
Clerk to the Court