Officials warn of email scam

4:38 PM, Dec 30, 2013   |    comments
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Maryland Judiciary wants the public to be aware of a recent computer virus.

The virus comes in a form of an email claiming to be about a court case. The email alerts people about an upcoming court case. It is advised not to open any attachments with that email since that may trigger a malicious program that infects the recipient's computer. 

The email subject line may have a message such as "Hearing of your case in Court" or "Notice to Appear in Court." 

Below are tips that the Judiciary advises in the event that you see a similar e-mail: 

  • Do not open any attachments, click on any links, or unsubscribe. Doing so may install the malware/virus onto your computer.
  • Delete the email.
  • If your computer is infected, JIS experts warn, the senders may be able to access and control your computer remotely from anywhere around the world, and may spy on your online activities, commit cybercrimes, or steal personal and financial information.
  • For more information about protecting yourself from email scams and malware threats, JIS recommends reading "Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams" by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) website, an official website of the Department of Homeland Security.

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