There are no bounds to stupidity, especially when it comes to either supporters of presidential candidates or scammers – and, yes, in some cases I do put them pretty much on the same level. This time, however, it is yet another Internet scam or an attempt to gain access to a computer through a mail attachment.
First of all, the mail:
Notice to Appear,
You have to appear in the Court on the April 04.
You are kindly asked to prepare and bring the documents relating to the case to Court on the specified date.
Note: The case may be heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.
The copy of Court Notice is attached to this email.
Clerk of Court.
I’ve had this one before, may have also written about it. It’s clear that it is a scam simply because court documents and Notices are not sent out by email, they usually go through the post and all the documents are printed. In fact, where it is known, the documents have to be sent through an attorney since, in many States and countries, access to the charge files, including information on evidence and so on, is limited to legal representatives.
And, of course, there are very few courts which would send out documents in a .zip file: another clear indication that this is a fraud and a danger to your computer.
In this particular case, however, the one point which really made me grab my sides and rock backward and forwards in a vain attempt to show how amazingly funny I find the stupidity of these idiots, was the stolen or faked sender address:
County Court [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Now, if this is the address being used by a County Court, then it’s clearly a private server and I suspect that the FBI might have another good reason to investigate it. Unless, that is, they happen to be too busy investigating Hillary Clinton for the same offense…
- Viktoria Michaelis.