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Important Notice About “Scam” Emails Involving Notices to Appear


It has come to our attention that scam emails, purporting to be coming from the New York State Court System, directing recipients to report to court and to open an attachment for more information, are infecting recipients’ computers with a virus.

These scam emails typically instruct recipients to report to court on a specific day and time, and they often direct the recipient to bring documents and witnesses with them. They also typically warn that the court may proceed in their absence and that they will be sanctioned if they do not appear. The emails also instruct recipients to read a court notice that is attached. The attachment contains a computer virus. Do not open the attachment. Delete the email.

Be on the alert, if you are not involved in a court proceeding and have not supplied the NYS courts with an email address for receiving court notifications, the courts do not communicate with you by email. The court system does not send unsolicited emails or requests for personal information. The court system does not send emails threatening sanctions if you do not appear in court. Nor does the court system send emails that ask you to open attachments in order to obtain additional information.

If you have a question about a notice you have received from the New York State Unified Court System, please call 1-800-Court-NY.

For more information about online scams, contact the NYS Office of the Attorney General:
http://www.ag.ny.gov/internet/common-online-scams
and/or the United States Federal Trade Commission:
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing

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Remember, if you are unsure of the origin of a message, don’t open it, don’t reply to it and don’t click on any links within the message-delete the message.

(January, 2014)