Beware of "Notice to Appear in Court" Virus Email Message
June 2, 2014
January 29, 2014
The email message below: "Notice to appear in court", is a fake and contains a malicious attachment that will infect your computer with a virus or Trojan horse if you open it. The email message attempts to trick the recipients into believing that they are scheduled to appear in the court of London on January 31, 2014, and they should open the attachment to view the court notice.
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A Sample of the Malicious "Notice to Appear in Court" Email Message
Subject: Notice to appear in court RU#2071
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.
Clerk to the Court.
This malicious email message has an attachment called Court_Notice_29012014.zip, which contains the malicious Trojan horse file Court_Notice_29012014.exe. Attempts to open this file will infect your computer with a Trojan horse or virus.
When we scanned the file Court_Notice_29012014.exe, the following threats were detected:
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_29012014.exe or msngovea.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.
If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your computer, please click here for a list of free antivirus software.
Never open an attachment that has a name ending with “.exe”, because these are computer programs that can infect your computer with a virus or some other malware.
Click here for a list of email attachments you should never open, regardless of where they came from.
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