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UPDATE: Court officials warn of email scam

UPDATED Thursday, January 16, 2014 ---9:22 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State court officials have issued a warning about an email scam that's made its way to Wisconsin.

Opening an email summoning you to appear in "the court of Washington" could compromise your computer. Officials say courts do not send summons by email.

Washington County circuit court clerk Theresa Russell tells the Journal Sentinel her office has received more than 100 calls from people who got the illegitimate email and wanted to check it out.

Any state court appearance can be checked online at the Wisconsin court system's website at wcca.wicourts.gov.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2014 --- 1:58 p.m.

Wisconsin court officials are warning state residents about a recent spate of fraudulent e-mails that say the recipient is required to appear in “the court of Washington.”

Recipients of the e-mail are told to open an attached file, which can infect computers with a virus or malware.

The scam has been reported nationwide since late December.

The Washington Co. (Wisconsin) Clerk of Courts says her office has received more than 100 calls from people who received the e-mail.

The messages are not legitimate. To verify any upcoming state court appearance, you can check online by clicking HERE or by contacting a particular county clerk of court office directly.


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