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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT - MEDIA ADVISORY

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
MEDIA ADVISORY
January 10, 2014

An email scam alleging “illegal software use” has been reported in other southern states, including Georgia, that says recipients are expected to appear in an unspecified state court.

Anyone receiving such an email in Florida should not open any attachments of click on links in the emails. A notice about upcoming court appearances in Florida would not be given to state residents in this manner.

In Louisiana, these emails have impersonated the domain names of well known law firms and may contain an attachment, supposedly a court notice or summons, or may contain a link to website. Some reports say that the attachment or link may download a virus onto the user’s computer or device.

The attorney general of Louisiana reportedly has launched an investigation.

Craig Waters
Communications Counsel
Director, Public Information Office
Florida Supreme Court
Office 850-414-7641

[Revised: 01-10-2014]