There are reports of emails, which appear to (but do not) come from State and Federal Courts, that contain viruses. The emails apparently instruct the recipient to attend a court hearing and to open an attached document for case information. Opening the document launches a virus that infects the computer. If you are not currently involved in a case, or if you are and have not consented to receive electronic notifications, you are unlikely to receive service of court documents by email. If you receive such an email and are unsure of its veracity, do not open any attachments and contact the court or McDonald Hopkins LLC.
An email that is potentially part of this scam reads:
Hereby you are informed that you are due in the court of
Houston on the 25 of January, 2014 at 10:00 am for the hearing of your case.
You are kindly asked to prepare and bring the documents relating to the case to
Court on the specified date.
Please, download the copy of the court notice attached herewith to read the
Note: The case may be heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.
Clerk to the Court.