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Residents of Connecticut Warned About Fake Court Emails

Nbcconnecticut.com published news on 15th April, 2015 stating a warning by the state Judicial Branch to residents of Connecticut (US) about a fake email purporting to be from "state court".

Officials posted an alert and a copy of the fake email on the website of the Judicial Branch.

The email informs the recipient that they have to appear in the Court on April 20 for their case hearing. It tells them to bring all along all the desired documents that are related to the case. It threatens them the case may be heard by the judge even in their absence if they do not come on said day of the hearing.

The email address of the sender is manuel.kemp@50-87-146-131 and it is signed by "Manuel Kemp, Clerk of Court" and it contains an attachment claiming to be a court notice.

Thehour.com published news on 15th April, 2015 quoting comment on the ongoing campaign by Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, Program Manager, Communications at the Connecticut Judicial Branch, as "These kind of emails pop up frequently including other states also. Normally, a fake email circulates posing as a court notification which carries a virus and recipients must not open any attached files if they receive such email."

Stearley-Hebert said that the Judicial Branch received information from a recipient of such emails.

Stearley-Hebert said: "the person after receiving the email got suspicious as he/she didn't have any court case and informed the office about it. It is absolutely fake and so we want to send out the message about it."

Stearley-Hebert further added: "The email served as a red alert (for the recipient) but even individuals having something in court are also advised not to open the attached files. Unfortunately, there are individuals who want to take advantage of others."

Anyone who gets an email about a court case, hearing or any matter, he/she should call the help desk of the Judicial Branch on its hotline number given on its official website as (860) 282-6555.

The Judicial Branch advises you to immediately delete the unwanted email from your inbox after forwarding the same email.

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