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The Administrative Office of the Courts in Atlanta released information today about a scam involving emails sent to individuals who are told they must appear in court in February. 

From the release: 

Atlanta — The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has received numerous telephone calls and emails related to emails purportedly informing recipients that he or she is being charged with software copying crimes and has a date with an unspecified court in Georgia. These emails have an attachment.

Please be warned that these emails are a scam and are false in every respect. For security reasons, recipients of the email are advised not to open the attachment accompanying these emails as they may contain a virus or other malware.

The body of the email may read something like the following example:

Warrant to appear,

Please be informed that you are expected in the Court of Georgia on February 2nd, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. where the hearing of your case of illegal software use will take place.

You may obtain protection of a lawyer, if necessary. Please bring your identity documents to the Court on the named day. Attendance is compulsory.

The detailed plaint note is attached to this letter, please download and read it thoroughly.

Court Clerk,

BOLTON Vincent

Clerk to the Court

The AOC has received reports from other court-related agencies about the same scam. Given the national scope of this scam and the apparent large number of recipients, our office is posting this notice to warn the courts and the public.