Polk Co. Clerk of Courts warns of email scam

3:19 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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Bartow, Florida -- The Polk County Clerk of Courts is warning the community of a new threat that is circulating email inboxes.

Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield says individuals have been receiving a fake notice to appear at court messages. The messages are prompting recipients to open a file to view a copy of the court notice which contain malicious files that could harm computers.

The scammers imitate law firms and use the fake names in the email addresses.

"Notices are typically sent via mail, certified mail or telephone. If you receive an email notice from our office or an unfamiliar attorney's office, do not open the message. Contact the clerk's office directly at 863-534-4000 to verify if you are scheduled for a trial or not," says Butterfield.

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