Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court

The email message below: "Notice to appear in court No#6022" or "Hearing of your case in Court No#3211," which appears as if it was sent by a law firm with the name: 'Green Winick Attorneys at Law', is a fake and has a link to a virus or Trojan horse that will infect your computer if you click on it. The message was designed to trick the recipients into clicking on the malicious link, which will download a virus onto their computers.

Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court

The Fake and Virus Email Message

From: GreenWinick Lawyers [mailto:cliff]
Sent: Thursday, 10 July 2014 3:56 PM
Subject: Notice to appear in court No#6022 or Hearing of your case in Court No#3211

Green Winick

Notice to Appear,

To view copy of the court notice click here. Please, read it thoroughly. Note: If you do not attend the hearing the judge may hear the case in your absence.

2014 Green Winick, P.L.C. All Rights Reserved.

The file the link will download onto your computer IS NOT a summons to appear in court, but Zip or compressed file ( ), which contains a malicious file that will infect your Windows computer if you open it.

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 clicked on the malicious link, downloaded and installed the malicious file, 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.

For a list of other virus email messages, please click here.

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August 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Fellow victims,

Oh gee wiz, you shouldn't have opened it, or you need to get virus software. Most of us know not to open such emails. Most of us have antivirus programs. Lets get off the obvious and get to the meat of the matter.

Is there a person out there who has REAL experience protecting their firms from cyber crime that can spot, track and get help from companies that deal in such things? We need to go on the offensive and find these people not just gee, I need to watch what email I open or oh-my, I forgot to update my virus definitions, assuming they are up-to-date. F*** that! They all don't come from China. It could be some kids that left a c***k in their armour. Yea, Yea, Yea, it costs money, just delete it, and move on. But I lost a computer because of such an attack and lost 50,000 photos.

I'm p*ss** because this latest attack happened two days before a hearing. It could have originated from a person, relative, co-worker of a person in my neighborhood.

We're never going to stop this if we just be defensive.


August 21, 2014 at 4:26 PM by
Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court
an anonymous user from: Wallingford, Connecticut, United States

Report the Spam to


August 21, 2014 at 12:37 AM by
Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court
an anonymous user from: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I also have recieved this notice and had opened it.

Not overly aware of the process. Now computer has trouble booting.

I am able to boot it in safe mode but am not able to do alot. Have tried various things, even tried to reinstall windows but nothing seems to have worked.

Is there anything recomended that I do to specifically deal with this problem or should I just take it to a repair shop.


August 21, 2014 at 5:51 AM by
Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court

Take it to the repair shop, because you have tried everything.


August 20, 2014 at 1:22 AM by
Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court
an anonymous user from: Greenfield, California, United States

Received the notice to appear in my spam folder. Since it tells me that if I do not attend, the judge may rule against me.

Since I have dealt with small claims, if I do not attend the judge will not may rule against me.

Copied your statement about it being phony, pasted it into the e-mail and sent it back to them.


August 20, 2014 at 8:08 AM by
Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court

Never respond to the email messages, because you are letting the Cybercriminals know that there is someone actively using it. And, once they know this, they will continue to send you more spam and malicious emails.


August 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM by
Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court
an anonymous user from: Santa Clara, California, United States

I have also received emails that my Spam filter caught from a source called "EZPass" (I think) that said I owed road tolls, and another from "Officer of the Court" which claimed to be a summons of a sort.

I of course don't know where they got my email address, but I'm also plaged with 'Pen*s Enlargement' messages, Bauch and Lomb sunglass ads, and V*agora/Canadian Pharmacy harrassment.

Hope not too many people have also been harassed by these dumb things.


August 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM by
Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court
an anonymous user from: Tilbury, England, United Kingdom

I got this email, but didn't open it, but instead found this instead.

Also my antivirus picked it up. Is there anyway of stopping this.


August 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM by
Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court

You cannot stop it from being sent to your email address, but you can filter it as Spam or Junk.


August 19, 2014 at 5:33 AM by
Virus Email Message - Green Winick Attorneys at Law - Notice to Appear in Court
an anonymous user from: Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Getting this still on a daily basis although I've never opened one.


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