Scam emails claiming to be from the Idaho Court of Appeals, as well as other Courts across the nation, have been brought to our attention. The emails say that a complaint has been filed, or similar, and a court date is given. Recipients are then directed to click a link or open an attachment for more information. Please note, when either action is done, the recipients' computer will be infected with a virus and/or spyware.
> Do not click the link. Do not open attachments.
> Delete the email.
In order to appear “official”, these scam emails may instruct you to report to court on a specific day and time, and will possibly tell you to bring documents and witnesses. The email may also warn that the court may proceed in your absence and that you may be sanctioned if you do not appear. Most importantly, the emails instruct you to read a court notice or further instructions by clicking a link or opening an attachment. Again, clicking the link or opening any attachment may infect your computer with a virus or spyware.
Be on the alert, if you are not involved in a court proceeding and have not given the Idaho courts an email address for receiving court notifications, the courts do not communicate with you by email. The court system does not send unsolicited emails or requests for personal information. The court system does not send emails threatening sanctions if you do not appear in court. Nor does the court system send emails that ask you to open attachments in order to obtain additional information.
Remember, if you are unsure about an email, don’t open it, don’t reply to it and do not click on any links or attachments within the message. Just delete it!
If you have a question about a notice you have received from the Idaho Courts, please call:
Clerk of the Idaho Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
For more information about online scams, contact the Idaho Office of the Attorney General:
and/or the United States Federal Trade Commission:
Promoting Openness In The Courts
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