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Scam alert

November 16, 2010

An online scam making the rounds paints itself as an e-mail from subpoena@uscourts.com, advising the recipient that he has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury or produce documents.

 

The e-mail includes a link to what is purported to be a copy of the subpoena. But clicking on the link activates a Trojan horse virus which infects the computer or computer network. The virus will search for passwords, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and the like on the network and communicate them back to the scammer. The virus even can be configured to allow involuntary remote access by the scammer.

 

Federal courts do not use e-mail to send subpoenas.

 

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