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    Has anyone else been sent a request to appear in court?

    "Notice to appear in court,

    Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled
    to appear for your hearing that will take place
    in the court of Ballarat in April 28, 2014 at 11:00 am.

    Please bring all documents and witnesses relating
    to this case with you to court on your hearing date.

    The copy of the court notice is attached to this letter.
    Please, read it thoroughly.
    Note: The case may be heard by the
    judge in your absence if you do not come.

    Yours very truly,
    STANLEY Silva
    Clerk of court"


    This is a new way to get recipients to install malware on their computer by opening the .zip file attached to the request. It purports to be the court notice of your hearing date.

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    My bullshit detector picked this up straight away and a quick Google search confirms it's a scam.
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    It's kept me on the run.
    I have to appear in just about every country courthouse in the land.
    I'll be on the road for weeks

    The Cooper Pedy one made me wonder though. . .
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    As a nation of sheep, I suspect it will do nicely (the virus, that is).

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    The clown hasn't even copied the wording of a real summons. it can be fun to look at them in a Linux box and see what they really are.

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    It's not the only thing they got wrong.

    To the best of my knowledge, in Queensland, notices to appear are issue by Police, not the Clerk of the Court and the first appearance is to get your plea, not the hearing date. Details, details...
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    One of the guys at work got something like this today from Geelong local court. Of course we're all in Wollongong...
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    Court notices have never fazed the convicts of NSW. We routinely ignore them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    Court notices have never fazed the convicts of NSW. We routinely ignore them.

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    Easy for you guys to make fun of people that may or have fallen for this scam but if you are involved in litigation in the NSW courts and are receiving "information / document / instructions" from a number of sources, bloody hell it would be easy to fall for it!

    Hence, you must appreciate how easy it must be for some people to fall for it.

    It reminds me going back some years the receival of emails from con artist (selling sex aids/enhancements and the like, weight loss cures etc) using relatively obscure/rare christian names that some were actually colleagues / friends of mine. Because of the large number of scams coming in, I was not fooled but boy I was tempted!

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    A scam?

    Damn, I obeyed it every day for about 6 years...

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    Unless it's in writing conveyed by a letter to me personally at my domiciled address, I'd relegate it to the too hard basket. Everyone else should too!
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    If it comes from the Office of State Revenue and it has my name, an alleged speed in kph, another speed (coindicentally lower) of the speed limit for that road, followed by a doller figure, I pay up. Anyone that knows that much about my intimate details deserves a prize, scam or not.

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    These email scams are invariably aimed at users of Windows. If you run something safer, like a Linux version, you can afford to open the attachments and see their true content, have a smile, and delete them. Windows would be a lot safer if users turned OFF html display in their email clients, and used plain text - html is totally unnecessary and is used to disguise the malicious stuff.

    A quick look at the email header and whois will show who really sent the message, and is worth doing for all emails of this kind. You don't get vast numbers of this stuff. Mostly it is from an infected domestic computer somewhere. I've got a script running that highlights links whose titles don't agree with the underlying URL.

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    I accept that those who are computer savvy will smell a rat with this, but there must be plenty of grandmas & grandpas given a computer by their family who would obligingly follow the instructions and unknowingly fall into the trap.

    Quite clever & certainly a lot better than the Nigerian money transfer scam.
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    I reckon you're right that a lot of people will fall for it but I would have thought most people would know real summonses aren't sent by email!

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    The wallopers have served by Crackbook on more than one occasion, permission having been granted by a magistrate to do so. Also they (police) regularly contact people via mobile phone numbers usually found in the registration/licence database.

    So an email is not at all unthinkable. However you'd be doing well to receive an email and have missed written advice beforehand, plus probably a couple of doorknocks.

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    Most people may have never received a summons by any form and even if they had years ago would likely accept that "they must just email these now".
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    They used to deliberately (IMO) misalign the text with the envelope window if you were the defendant, so the postie etc could read "DEFENDANT DETAILS" right above your name and address. For all the people reading those two words knew, you could be a drug-pushing paedo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgti6 View Post
    I accept that those who are computer savvy will smell a rat with this, but there must be plenty of grandmas & grandpas given a computer by their family who would obligingly follow the instructions and unknowingly fall into the trap.

    Quite clever & certainly a lot better than the Nigerian money transfer scam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    For all the people reading those two words knew, you could be a drug-pushing paedo.
    Now let's not get into pretty stigmatising. Anyone can have the occasional lapse of judgement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexander View Post
    Now let's not get into pretty stigmatising. Anyone can have the occasional lapse of judgement.
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    can you please email me some drug. I am feeling down.



    ps. will this be picked up by...
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    fbi
    afp
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    my wife
    ?
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    I'm putting this here as I'm not the only one who buys a lot of stuff from the to-and-froms.

    A dodgy email from HM Customs and Revenue labelled "Tax refund notice!"

    Anyone who reads the rules knows you don't get VAT back on internet purchases when it's been paid down - that's one of the shitty aspects of dealing with some lazy UK sellers...

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    Mine was a 94.50 GBP refund due to my 'fiscal activity'.
    Perhaps, we are both on someone's compromised e-mail list?

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    Fiscal activity? Now I've got a "Livvy" earworm.

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    The only ones I worry about now are the ones that look like they have an official VicRoads logo on them and a pay up date to go with it. I always BPay the money so I know it's going to a legitimate scamming organisation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pug206gti View Post

    G'day,
    can you please email me some drug. I am feeling down.



    ps. will this be picked up by...
    asio
    nsa
    fbi
    afp
    pcnsw
    my wife
    ?
    *maybe
    *maybe
    *maybe
    *maybe
    *maybe
    *ALMOST BEYOND QUESTION. they have some genetic sense for anything you are getting up to.

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