"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails

Online users, if you have received "United States District Court Deposition" email messages like the one below, which claim that you are to attend a deposition, and ask you to open the attachment in order to view details about the case, are asked to delete them. Also, online users should not attempt to open the attachment. This is because the email messages are fakes being sent by cybercriminals, and the attachments they contain are malicious.

United States District Court Deposition Malicious Emails

The purpose of the fake and malicious email messages is to frighten and trick the recipients into opening the malicious attachment, by claiming they need to appear in court.

The "United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Email

United States District Court

Civil Action No. 6:15-145

You are commanded to appear at the time,date, and place to testify at a desposition to be taken in this civil action

This deposition will be recorded by this method: stenographically

It is extremely binding that you study the subpoena very closely.

This will state exactly what the process will be if you fall through to do what is bouden of you.

Find the attached document with all the case details including court location and primary information.

Password to open the attachment (scanned copy ) is 615145

This email is sent by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the Federal Judicary. The purpose o fthis email is to provide information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government.

The malicious attachment contains JavaScript code that will attempt to download and install viruses, spyware and other malware onto the recipients' computers, if they attempt to open the Zip or compressed attachment.

Online users who have been tricked by the fake notice to appear in court email messages, into opening the malicious attachment, are asked to do a full-scan of their computers with the antivirus software installed on them.

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June 1, 2018 at 12:29 PM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails
an anonymous user from: Portland, Maine, United States

Got this 5/25/2018 from Neal Gamble- neal.gamble@uscourtsgov.com

To melena@dinenna.com which is not me or my email address... scan_4962634.doc with a password to open. Civil case 6:15-145



May 25, 2018 at 6:40 PM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails
an anonymous user from: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Received the same email as above containing a doc file titled "scan20_96". The email was from "admin@digitalusa.com".

Although went to the US late last year, I'm based in Australia. Haven't opened the attachment and blocked the domain. Annoying there's people who prey on others like this.


May 25, 2018 at 2:43 PM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails

Received the same email:

"From: Dorsey Harding <Dorsey.Harding@uscourtsgov.com>

Sent: Friday, May 25, 2018 12:16 PM

Subject: Re - Civil case 6:15-145"


May 25, 2018 at 1:20 PM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails
an anonymous user from: Cypress, California, United States

Thank you for providing the email address to forward malicious solicitations to.


May 25, 2018 at 7:01 AM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails
an anonymous user from: Goor, Overijssel, Netherlands

received it today, same domainname and also a .doc file. Im in Holland..


May 24, 2018 at 3:35 PM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails
an anonymous user from: Albi, Occitanie, France

Got this e-mail today from Von.Mcdonal@uscourtsgov.com. The attachment is a doc file (scan_[my name].doc). I'm in France.


May 24, 2018 at 2:36 AM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails
an anonymous user from: Sells, Arizona, United States

Got this e-mail today from Dominick.Rivas@uscourtsgov.com. The attachment is a doc file, not a zip file.


May 12, 2018 at 4:25 AM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails
an anonymous user from: Brentford, England, United Kingdom

Ambrose Duran <Ambrose.Duran@uscourtsgov.com> sent mine to the UK!


May 13, 2018 at 10:11 PM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails
an anonymous user from: Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

Thank you for your information which helps me to identify this malicious spam!


May 11, 2018 at 3:22 PM by
"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails
an anonymous user from: Salem, Oregon, United States

Same email here, but honestly if a court wants to get hold of you they d**n sure arent gonna send you an email...lol. Scammers will try anything.


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"United States District Court Deposition" Malicious Emails