- Posted February 17, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Dyman & Associates Risk Management Projects: Scam court email alert
The emails say you have been notified and scheduled to appear for a court hearing and contains specific dates, times, locations and reference numbers.
It asks you to download a copy of the “court notice” attached. The dowloadable.zip file actually contains an. exe file (a file that executes when clicked) containing a virus.
The email has no connection to the Criminal Justice System and anyone receiving the email should not download any attachments or click any links. Report to Action Fraud by using the online fraud reporting tool.
You are likely to see some variations of this email, as it is easy for fraudsters to amend the details and continue targeting people.
BCRC’s cyber security specialist said “the email is difficult to block as the subject headers change frequently.”
He also said: “Provoking a paniked, impulse reaction has become a very common scam technique for cyber criminals. Opening the attachment allows the criminal to spy on the victim, use their computer to commit crime, or steal personal and financial information.”