Public alert
Beware of “court” scams

The Maryland Judiciary wants to warn the public about a couple of different scams
that are currently operating.

Email “court case” virus

Watch out for a computer virus that comes in an email claiming to be about a court case. The email is a scam, and opening any attachment or clicking on any link in the message triggers a malicious program that infects the recipient’s computer. The email is not from the courts nor is it about a court case.

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If you receive an email with a subject line such as “Hearing of your case in Court” or “Notice to Appear in Court”:

Telephone “jury duty” scam

In this phone scam, the caller claims to work for a court, tells the person he or she has been charged with contempt for not reporting for jury duty, refers to a judge by name, and demands payment over the phone, typically with a pre-paid card.

This phone call is a scam. If you get a call like this, hang up. Maryland courts do not call citizens to get payment over the phone for a fine for missing jury duty.

You can check your status as a juror or report any suspicious jury duty telephone calls by contacting your Circuit Court jury office. Contact information for courts is available on the Maryland Judiciary’s website, www.mdcourts.gov, and click on “Locate a Maryland Court.”

 

Guard yourself with more information

How to protect yourself from email scams and malware threats: