HM Courts 'Copy of Claim Passed for Consideration' Malware Emails
Fraudulent emails purporting to be from the UK's HM Courts & Tribunals Service are currently hitting inboxes.
The emails, which include the HM Courts & Tribunals Service logo, advise that a specified company has issued a claim against you and passed it for consideration to HM Courts.
The name of the company that supposedly issued the claim varies in different incarnations of the emails. The subject line of the emails contains the text 'Copy of claim passed for consideration to HM Courts' along with a reference number and the name of the company issuing the claim.
However, the emails are certainly not from HM Courts & Tribunals Service and the information about a supposed claim against you is a lie.
The emails contain an attached Microsoft Word document that supposedly provides details of the claim against you.
However, when you attempt to open the attachment, an error message will inform you that you must enable macros to correctly display the document's contents.
If you enable macros as requested, a malicious macro will download and install other types of malware. Once installed, this malware may steal information from the infected computer and allow criminals to control the computer from afar.
Like other bogus court notice and complaint emails, these messages are designed to panic recipients into opening the attached file without due caution. And, because the attachment is a seemingly benign Word document, at least a few people will likely enable macros as instructed and infect their systems.
Do not believe any message that claims that you must enable macros to view a Microsoft Office document. Unless you have a specific requirement, it is wise to leave macros disabled by default.
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Subject: Copy of claim passed for consideration to HM Courts Ref:[IE3319PZC] from ACTION HOTELS PLC
ACTION HOTELS PLC has issued the claim against you and passed for consideration to HM Courts Ref:[IE3319PZC].The claim was read, and passed to the second reading. For these or other notarial acts, or the legalising of documents, please contact ACTION HOTELS PLC as soon as posible.
Subject: Copy of claim passed for consideration to HM Courts Ref:[RS7574UKA] from BABCOCK INTL GROUP PLC
BABCOCK INTL GROUP PLC has issued the claim against you and passed for consideration to HM Courts Ref:[RS7574UKA].The claim was read, and passed to the second reading. For these or other notarial acts, or the legalising of documents, please contact BABCOCK INTL GROUP PLC as soon as posible.
Last updated: May 5, 2015
First published: May 5, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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