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  • EMAIL SCAM (January 2014):
    The federal judiciary has learned of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from federal and state courts are infecting recipients with computer viruses.

    According to the Security Operations Center of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the emails are instructing recipients to report to a hearing on a specified day and time or in the form of an eviction notice. The emails also instruct recipients to review an attached document for detailed case information. When the attachments or links in the email are opened, a malicious program is launched that infects the recipient's computer. Several state courts have reported similar schemes, and also are warning the public about potential viruses.

    Unless you are actively involved in a case in federal court and have consented to receive court notifications electronically, you generally will not be served with court documents electronically. Click here for examples (without the virus).

  • PHONE SCAM (August 2013):
    Throughout the United States, including in Minnesota, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. For more information, please read the public notice.

    Citizens are being targeted with fake arrest warrants, with an offer to avoid the arrest by paying a specific amount of money. Valid arrest warrants may not be avoided by the payment of a fine. Do not pay or provide any information in response to such communications and contact your local police department if it appears that you were the target of this scam.

    If you receive an email from "", please do not open the link inside the email. The link will install a virus on your PC or network. This email was NOT sent by the U.S. Courts. If you receive one of these emails, you are advised to delete it from your inbox. If you wish to view a "safe" example of one of these bogus emails, view the Subpoena.
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