If you remember the Notice of court attendance scam email that began making it’s way around a few weeks ago, there is a new variation that is filling up in-boxes everywhere.
This one is so similar; it would not be any surprise if it originated from the same source. In fact this one could even be a mutation of the original email scare.
Some sample subject lines include:
- Notice to quit the occupied premises No5890
- Evition notice No5497 (yes it is spelled wrong in the subject line)
The basic premise is the same. They come to you with a scary subject line designed to grab your attention in such a fashion that you are tempted to rush and open the attachment that came with the email. After all getting an eviction notice, especially in this economy, is something that many people will hurriedly open the attachment without stopping to think.
Beware of email attachments
Stop and think about it, there is no way to prove delivery of an email message (which is required by law to enforce an eviction) therefore the email is a complete fake. It contains malware and if you get it, DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS, click any links or respond/reply. If you reply to one of these emails, all you are doing is confirming that your email is valid and you will increase the occurrences of spam. No matter how badly you want to tell these people off, protect yourself and delete it immediately.
Here are two samples we received:
Hereby you are notified that you have to move to another location from the currently occupied premises within the next three weeks.
Please find the lawsuit details attached to this letter.
If you do not move within this period of time,
we will have no other alternative than to have you
physically removed from the property per order of the Judge.
If we can be of any assistance to you during your relocation,
please feel free to contact us any time.
Please be advised that you are obliged to
vacate the living space you occupy until March 28, 2014, 11 a.m.
If you do not vacate it in the specified terms,
the court will have to assign the forcible eviction for April 5, 2014, 11 a.m.
If nobody is home we will not be responsible for safe keeping of your belongings.
Besides, if you fail to comply with the requirements of the court bailiff
you will be fined for up to 200 minimum wage amounts
with a subsequent doubling of the penalty amount
and can be made criminally or administratively liable.
The details of the circumstances that caused the judicial decision
of eviction are attached herewith.
We particularly like the one line that reads:
"you will be fined for up to 200 minimum wage amounts". Now that sounds like a bad Sci-Fi movie line!
Details in these emails vary, with several versions containing different wording, subject lines and eviction dates.
The only common thread is that they all claim you must vacate your home in a short time frame.
If one of these emails comes to your inbox, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains. #koihosting