Australian Federal Police warn of court invitation emails scam
If you have received an invitation in your email inbox to attend court from the Australian Federal Police, it's time to politely decline.
Fake email claiming to be a court "invitation" doing the rounds
AFP has received a number of calls from the public about the scam
People advised to delete email immediately
AFP says people should not open attachments or give out personal details
The AFP has warned of an email scam which has been circulating in recent days.
The fake email is headed "you are invited to the law court by the judge because of an offense against the law" and asks the recipient to provide "all necessary information to the court".
The email also includes attachments to their case file, with a prompt to download the documents.
The AFP tweeted a copy of the email and warned people to delete the notice as soon as they received it.
"We are not inviting people to attend court," the tweet read.
In an alert statement, AFP said they had received calls from the public about the scam.
The AFP warned about giving out personal details when dealing with this type of email.
"There are several links in the email which may be malicious. Don't click on the links — delete the email from your inbox and deleted items folder immediately," the statement said.
"Remember, the AFP does not send emails requesting court attendance."
The warning comes after a similar scam earlier this year which alerted people the AFP had served them with a subpoena.
A scam warning is also current for another fake email purporting to be from the AFP involving a bogus invoice for a traffic infringement notice.
The scam email initially asks the recipient to pay an "AFP fine" of $150. If links within the message are clicked, the recipient's computer is infected with malware which renders it inoperable.
Anyone suspicious of scam emails can report the incident to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network.
Source: ABC News