NORFOLK -- The Virginia court system is warning residents across the commonwealth of a new email scam being sent from an imposter claiming you are due in court.

A notice posted on Virginia's Judicial System website says the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia recently learned of the scam which includes 'Notice to Appear in Court' or 'Court Notice' in the subject line or body of the email.

According to the warning posted by the court, potential victims are told they must appear in court and are asked to click a link or open a document. The attachment or link then infects the recipient's computer with a virus, according to the warning.

The court says that Virginia's circuit and district courts do not conduct business by sending unsolicited email messages.

Here is what the court advises you do to avoid falling victim to the scam:

  • Do not open any attachments, click on any links, or unsubscribe -- doing so may install the malware/virus onto your computer.
  • Delete the email.
  • If you are uncertain about the legitimacy of the email, contact information for all courts can be found here

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