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Hearing of Your Case in Court NR Virus Emails

Date: December 23, 2013 4:47 PM - Views: 46,683 - Comment Comments: 62
Hearing of Your Case in Court NR Virus Emails

The email message below: "Hearing of your case in Court NR", has a malicious computer program attached that will infect your Windows computer if you open it. The message was not sent by any Court, tries to trick the recipients into opening the malicious attachment by claiming that they have been scheduled to appear in court.

One of the "Hearing of your case in Court NR" Virus/Trojan Emails

From: Notice to Appear [support.6@jonesday .com]
Subject: Hearing of your case in Court NR#6976
Attachment: Court_Notice_Jones_Day_Wa#8127.zip

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 in 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.
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This malicious email message has an attachment called Court_Notice_Jones_ Day_Washington.zip, which contains the malicious Trojan horse file Court_Notice_Jones_ Day_Washington.exe. Attempts to open the Court_Notice_Jones_ Day_Washington.exe file will infect your computer with a Trojan horse.

When we scanned the file Court_Notice_Jones_ Day_Washington.exe, the following threats were detected:

  • W32/Trojan.FYVU-3852
  • W32/Trojan3.GXT
  • W32/Zbot.FG!tr
  • HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic

Once your computer has become infected with this malicious Trojan horse, the cybercriminals behind this email message will be able to access and take control of your computer remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on you, use your computer to commit cybercrimes, or steal your personal and financial information.

Now, if you have already opened this malicious attachment (Court_Notice_Jones_ Day_Washington.exe), please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it. The name of the attachment may change, so be careful when opening email attachments.

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  • Anonymous: 1 month, 3 weeks ago from: Bensenville, Illinois, United States

    I came across a notice (which I deleted) to appear in a court hearing on September 30, 2014 at Springfield, IL, advising me that if I do not appear, the judge will hear the case in my absence. What should I do to protect my interests? ~


    • info: 1 month, 3 weeks ago

      It is a scam. Courts do not send these notifications via email message; it is usually done via postal delivery services (snail mail). ~


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 0 week ago from: Thessaloníki, Thessaloniki, Greece

    I get this email in Greece.I thought that probably was a dagerous email so searched online informations and found your warnings and help.Of course I deleted it.Thank you for let us know about it. ~


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 1 week ago from: Oaklyn, New Jersey, United States

    I have just received one, and going to assume it was from those rude people on youtube. I kind of figured it was already "spam", and Hotmail automatically put it into the spam folder. I deleted it. Thanks for letting everyone know for sure. ~


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago from: New York, New York, United States

    Omg!!! I open the email in my cell phone. What I do now? ~


    • info: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

      Install an antivirus software on your Smartphone and scan it for viruses and other threats. ~


  • Anonymous: 4 months, 1 week ago from: New York, New York, United States

    Here is another scam:
    ------

    Notice to Appear,

    The copy of the court notice is attached to this letter.
    Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence.


    Truly yours,
    Clerk of Court.
    Sharon Smith

    ^ this is nother type of email they send. ~


  • Anonymous: 5 months, 0 week ago from: Wotton-under-edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

    I had one of these come through on the day of an actual case I was involved in. Coincidence? ~


  • Anonymous: 5 months, 1 week ago from: United Kingdom

    I have had several of these emails a day ! How do you stop them from being sent to you ? Is there a way to block the sender? ~


  • Anonymous: 5 months, 2 weeks ago from: United Kingdom

    I smelt a rat as soon as I saw this e-mail. I NEVER open attachments, if I do not know and trust the sender.

    Other people are not as cautious, and can easily be fooled into thinking the e-mail is genuine and open the attachment.

    The irony is that it is the people who send these e-mails that should be appearing in court for fraud. It would be nice to see more being done to CATCH these fraudsters and put them in prison for a very long time. ~


  • Anonymous: 5 months, 2 weeks ago from: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

    Its not just in America and the UK, I've been sent one as well (I'm in Australia) but it was in my junk folder so that definitely screamed out spam! Mine was very brief though ~


  • Anonymous: 5 months, 2 weeks ago from: Caroline Springs, Victoria, Australia

    It almost got me fooled, im waiting for a court hearing and was really confused why i was unable to open it? and why it wasnt posted in the paper mail, as well as why hadnt my lawyer call me about the news? Lucky for my anti virus, which refused to open the email, and tagging it as a Trojan... lucky i found this website, puts my mind at ease.. ~


  • Anonymous: 5 months, 3 weeks ago from: Brantford, Ontario, Canada

    I received two of the court case emails today signed by two different court clerks. I knew it was a scam as soon as I saw it because I'm not involved in any court cases. I always look up emails like this to see if it's a bogus email.
    Tia in Brantford On ~


  • Anonymous: 7 months, 4 weeks ago from: Los Angeles, California, United States

    Does it affect iPhones? ~


    • info: 6 months, 0 week ago

      No, only Microsoft Windows Operating System. ~


  • Anonymous: 7 months, 4 weeks ago from: United Kingdom

    That scotcourts.gov.uk should deal with their ISP provider and get it sorted rather than passing the buck ~


  • Anonymous: 7 months, 4 weeks ago from: Winsford, Cheshire, United Kingdom

    L.McNamara@scotcourts.gov.uk
    i live in cheshire and have never been to scotland and always used my work email address which I never give out. Our software stopped this straight away. ~


  • Anonymous: 9 months, 0 week ago from: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

    I received one stating notice to vacate premises. It had a zip file that I won't open. It stated it was a copy of the order given to me and my family weeks ago. ~


    • Anonymous: 8 months, 2 weeks ago from: Lynnwood, Washington, United States

      I had a similar one to vacate premises due to foreclosure. I am in active 13 so it freaked me out. I was unable to open file my anti-virus detected a Trojan horse. I contacted my attorney they said it was scam.. ~


  • Anonymous: 9 months, 0 week ago from: Montréal, Québec, Canada

    I got one from court_secretary @zoom.co.at, Connecticut Appellate Court, with this email:
    ----------
    Pretrial notice

    Hereby we confirm that your complaint has been received together with enclosures dated January 30, 2014.
    The complaint will be reviewed in court in the nearest possible time based on the documents and information
    you have previously provided. You do not have to be present at trial in person if the Court does not suggest
    otherwise.

    Please use this link to check your complaint once again and confirm it. If we do not get your confirmation
    the claim will be cancelled.

    You will be further notified without delay of any judgement delivered in regard to your complaint.

    Sincerely,
    Court secretary


    Hope this helps someone out there, because I almost clicked the link. Thank you to whoever created this site, and, of course, google ~


  • Anonymous: 9 months, 2 weeks ago from: City of, London, United Kingdom

    Just Received this too.
    Also from L.McNamara.
    We are also based in London.
    Ours had a zip file attached. ~


  • Anonymous: 9 months, 2 weeks ago from: City of, London, United Kingdom

    The scary thing about this is that the email address appeared to be genuine, it was from L.McNamara@scotcourts.gov.uk and I live in London so it was well targeted. The email came in on my iPad, but there was no attachment. Good old Apple!

    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
    London in January 31, 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,
    L.McNamara
    Clerk to the Court. ~


    • Anonymous: 7 months, 4 weeks ago from: City of, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

      The "Scotcourts" fake email is doing the rounds again today. I work at high court in Edinburgh and you will never be cited by email and the courts in Scotland cannot cite you to appear in England, it doesn't work like that. ~


    • Anonymous: 9 months, 2 weeks ago from: Fagerstrand, Akershus, Norway

      I received the exact same email this morning too and was not sure whether it was genuine or not. Thank you, Google. ~


  • Anonymous: 9 months, 2 weeks ago from: Huntersville, North Carolina, United States

    I also received the email. I was just shocked because it actually had my home state in the email. I guess I have given my email address and zip code to enough stores that the information is kept together. I am thankful I have enough sense to do a little research. ~


  • Anonymous: 9 months, 4 weeks ago from: Cliffside Park, New Jersey, United States

    FYI, I've gotten identical emails from "clerks" in Chicago and New York as well, so they are obviously using every state. ~


  • info: 10 months, 1 week ago

    The emails are sent as spam, so receiving them doesn't mean that your computer is infected. And, yes, this virus only targets computers running the Windows operating system. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 1 week ago from: Austin, Texas, United States

    This particular e-mail is being sent to me almost daily (sometimes twice a day) since just before Christmas. I've never clicked on the attachment. I delete the e-mails immediately. My virus software is up-to-date. And I'm on a Mac. (I think this Trojan targets Windows users.) So I think I'm safe.

    I considered blocking the sender, but of course it comes from a different e-mail address each time. Is there anything I can do to get this to stop? ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 1 week ago from: Laramie, Wyoming, United States

    Scared the hell out of me,like a fool I tried to download the sip.AVG blocked it and said it contained a virus.Guess it paid for itself.Will be watching this site to see if anyone has any luck with the attorney general ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 1 week ago from: Blakely, Georgia, United States


    This is what I got:
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    Pretrial notice,

    Hereby we inform that you are obliged to come as a defendant
    to The Court of Atlanta in February 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
    for the hearing of your case of illegal software use.
    If necessary you have a right to obtain a lawyer for your protection.
    You are kindly asked to have an identity document with you.
    Personal appearance is compulsory.

    Please find the plaint note with more detailed case information
    attached to this letter and study it thoroughly.

    Court clerk,
    Lily Smith ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 1 week ago from: New York, New York, United States

    Mine says:
    Pretrial notice,

    Hereby we inform that you are obliged to come as a defendant
    to The Court of Louisiana in February 19, 2014 at 09:30 a.m.
    for the hearing of your case of illegal software use.
    If necessary you have a right to obtain a lawyer for your protection.

    You are kindly asked to have an identity document with you.
    Personal appearance is compulsory.

    Please find the plaint note with more detailed case information
    attached to this letter and study it thoroughly.

    Court clerk,
    Emily Smith ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 1 week ago from: San Jose, California, United States

    I also received an email like this. It is pasted below. Luckily, my corporate IT anti-virus software stripped out the attachment. The email appears to have been sent from notice_support.2@perkinscoie .com. Perkins Coie is a reputable law firm so I'm assuming the email address was spoofed.

    ------------------------

    Subject: WARNING: Notice of court attendance #No906
    Pretrial notice,

    Hereby we inform that you are obliged to come as a defendant
    to The Court of Louisiana in February 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
    for the hearing of your case of illegal software use.
    If necessary you have a right to obtain a lawyer for your protection.

    You are kindly asked to have an identity document with you.
    Personal appearance is compulsory.

    Please find the plaint note with more detailed case information
    attached to this letter and study it thoroughly.

    Court clerk,
    Betty Mason ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 1 week ago from: Copperas Cove, Texas, United States

    Yeah I got it too. I never open these things but mine's basically the same:
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    From: Notice to Appear
    To: xxxxxxxx
    Sent: Friday, December 27, 2013 8:50 AM
    Subject: Notice of appearance in court NR#6996

    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 in January 11, 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,
    Betty Mason
    Clerk to the Court. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Rochester, New York, United States

    I have received several of these messages but have not opened
    the attachments because I've worked in the court system and
    know such messages would never be sent by email. I tried to
    reply to the sender to let him/her know the emails were being
    forwarded to the Attorney General, but the message was returned
    undeliverable. However, the return address was manager@cove. com.
    I have sent this information to the Attorney General and hopefully the perpetrators will be exposed and arrested for their cybercrimes. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany

    Got one of these, too. It was sent to an address unique to a probably hacked userbase of e-frontier .com ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: United Kingdom

    Thank you for publishing this - reassuring. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Highland, New York, United States

    This thing will stop your computer from booting; it will have to be reloaded or re-install. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Middletown, Ohio, United States

    what do I do if I can't even get computer to boot up after opening the attachment? ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Middletown, Ohio, United States

    ok, if the attachment has been opened, how do I get to any files? I can not even get into my PC at all. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Ballinger, Texas, United States

    Can it affect an I-Pad. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: San Marcos, Texas, United States

    It was hard to find any information about this hoax on google. I live near washington county, so i wasnt sure if this was legit or not since it hit my spam box. thanks for the info. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: United States

    Melvin Johnson
    Begin forwarded message:

    I just received this yesterday .
    ------
    Subject: Fwd: Notice to appear in court CH#055


    Begin forwarded message:

    From: "Notice to Appear"
    Date: December 26, 2013 at 9:15:18 AM CST
    To:
    Subject: Notice to appear in court CH#0555
    Notice to appear,

    Hereby you are notified that you are expected
    in Chicago Court for the hearing of you case in January 9, 2014.

    Enclosed please find the copy of the court notice for the case mentioned above.
    Attendance compulsory.

    Yours very truly,
    RAY RICHARDS
    Clerk of court. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Marysville, Ohio, United States

    They got me. I downloaded the zip file then trashed it (when I came to my senses). I have a Mac. Do I need to worry?

    thanks ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Advance, North Carolina, United States

    Got one that says the court of Washington and one that says the court of Chicago! ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: El Paso, Texas, United States

    I received this email today. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Brunswick, Ohio, United States

    Thanks for thwarting a disaster on my computer. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: The, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

    I have had 144 nemails from them all with diffrent names and times dates and its a laugh because i dont live near there so knew straight away it was a scam so clicked phishing scam straight away , ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Crofton, Maryland, United States

    Thank you all for the warnings - I was baited for a second, but did some research bringing me here before I went clicking on anything. Thanks guys! ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Seattle, Washington, United States

    Received this copy:

    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 in January 11, 2014 at 11:00 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,
    Emily Smith
    Clerk to the Court. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: San Angelo, Texas, United States

    I received this in my email today:

    From: Notice to Appear (service@mwe.com) You moved this message to its current location.
    Sent: Thu 12/26/13 2:49 PM
    To: ********@msn.com
    1 attachment | Download all as zip (91.8 KB)
    Court_Notice_Chicago_CN08061.zip (91.8 KB)
    Parts of this message have been blocked for your safety.
    Show content|I trust service@mwe.com. Always show content.
    Notice to appear,

    Hereby you are notified that you are expected
    in Chicago Court for the hearing of you case in January 9, 2014.

    Enclosed please find the copy of the court notice for the case mentioned above.
    Attendance compulsory.

    Yours very truly,
    MYERS FIGUEROA
    Clerk of court. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 2 weeks ago from: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

    Here is the one I got today:

    From email address ticket835@mwe.com

    "Notice to appear,

    Hereby you are notified that you are expected
    in Chicago Court for the hearing of you case in January 12, 2014.

    Enclosed please find the copy of the court notice for the case mentioned above.
    Attendance compulsory.

    Yours very truly,
    GREER Flores
    Clerk of court."

    www.mwe.com is the web site of an attourney's office (McDermott Will ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

    I got one that says: Hearing of your case in Court WA#2757
    Notice to Appear from MITCHELL ATKINS Clerk to the Court. The email account was service.539@hoganlovells.com. I deleted it, but the same issue with AOL, stated no viruses, but I never trust them on things like this. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Little Chute, Wisconsin, United States

    I have AOL. What really bites is that if I hover over the attachment, it says "no viruses found," but if I try to forward it to a spam-catcher site, it won't send it out because it has an unremoveable virus. Talk about two-faced! ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: United Kingdom

    Since I live in the UK, it was clearly a scam from the start - and I haven't anything that would merit a court appearance in any case. The sender in my case was ticket_support.3@jonesday.com and the signature Carol Smith, and I imagine there are hundreds of variations on this theme ... ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Tacoma, Washington, United States

    I did a Google search myself, since the content seemed rather vague; no mention of my name, a bogus case number or even the reason for getting the notice. I am also thankful for my antiviral protection, which blocked me from even opening up the attachment, saying that content was malicious.

    For legitimate legal cases, people are usually contacted by certified mail or a process server; never by email. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

    I got this too - I opened the attachment in WinRAR just to see what was there, figuring it was probably an EXE but curious none the less. The ZIP file was empty - so I'm guessing my Avast! antivirus got to it before I could! ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Atoka, Oklahoma, United States

    I also received one today and before opening did a quick Google search, which led me here. Thanks for the info! ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Dade City, Florida, United States

    I have Kaspersky antivirus. It caught this and deleted it. I have stopped another virus saying is was from Adobe. Great virus protection. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Woodbridge, Virginia, United States

    Is there any threat to an android phone if I attempt to open the attachment there? I think not, but want to be sure. thank you. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Liberty, Missouri, United States

    I did also receive, like a dummy I opened t byhe zip file and nothing was there. (I opened because my son happens to be in jail in the state of washington) I ran malware and norton anti virus scans.
    Nothing came up. Am I safe? Or could my scans have not detected? ~


    • Anonymous: 9 months, 2 weeks ago from: Kingston, Saint Andrew, Jamaica

      Do a full scan of your computer every week. ~


  • Anonymous: 10 months, 3 weeks ago from: Santa Ana, California, United States

    Thank you for publishing this. I just got one just like this. I didn't click it of course! Thank you! ~


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