Posted: Friday, January 09, 2015
The Idaho Judicial Branch has learned of an e-mail scam where recipients are receiving a pretrial notice regarding a court complaint. The public should be aware that the e-mails are not coming from the Idaho Judicial Branch or the Idaho Appellate Courts, and they should not open the e-mail, do not click the link enclosed, or respond. In general, the public will not be contacted by the Idaho State Judiciary for official business by email and we do not summon people to court electronically.
Examples of the messages are included below:
From: "Mr. Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Jan 9, 2015 8:29 AM
Subject: Court notification
Pretrial notice: Hereby we inform that you are obliged to come as a defendant to Idaho Court of Appeals on February 15th, 2015 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 on our site and study it thoroughly.
From Bingham McCutchen, LLP (email@example.com)
Warrant to appear. Please be informed that you are expected in the Idaho Court of Appeals on February 2nd, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. where the hearing of your case of illegal software use will take place. You may obtain protection of a lawyer, if necessary. Please bring your identity documents to the Court on the named day. Attendance is compulsory. The detailed plaint note is attached to this letter, please download and read it thoroughly.
Clerk of court,
Promoting Openness In The Courts
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