WARNING, SCAMMER ALERT!
The Minnesota courts website,www.mncourts.gov, reports fraudulent emails appearing to be from the Court of Appeals has been making the rounds to in-boxes recently. The official notice is below.
Five More Tips It’s a Fraud
1. No “complaint” originally filed with Court of Appeals
2. E-mail address not governmental
3. No “trial” in Court of Appeals
4. Poor grammar
5. No electronic communications YET from Minnesota Appellate Courts.
They play off fear and ignorance to have you bite on these e-mail scams so that you will open the attachments. Don’t do it unless you have confirmed the e-mail from other sources first. Be diligent people!!! The fraud will never end but can be beaten with caution, knowledge and education!
Notice: Pretrial e-mail Scam Reported
The Minnesota 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 Minnesota Judicial Branch or the Minnesota appellate courts, and they should not open the e-mail or respond. Official court communications will only be sent by phone or U.S. mail. An example of the message is included below:
FROM: Minnesota Court of Appeals
Mon 2/3/2014 8:46 PM Pretrial notice Hereby we confirm that your complaint has been received together with enclosures dated January 30, 2014. The complaint will be reviewed in court in the nearest possible time based on the documents and information you have previously provided. You do not have to be present at trial in person if the Court does not suggest otherwise. Please use this link to check your complaint once again and confirm it. If we do not get your confirmation the claim will be cancelled. You will be further notified without delay of any judgement delivered in regard to your complaint. Sincerely, Court secretary