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Are you getting spam emails with titles like "Notice to Appear in Court?"?

Asked by jca (35976points) January 8th, 2014

I have been getting spam emails on my personal email, with titles like “Notice to Appear in Court” and I don’t open them, but I can see in the first line that they’re all for places I’ve never been (i.e. St. Louis). It’s amusing to me, a new method the spammers have come up with to try to cause anxiety and try to get people to open their email. I am wondering if anybody else has been getting these types of emails.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Yes, those spammers are pretty crafty.

The last couple of weeks I have been getting “Your credit report has changed – view immediately!”

marinelife's avatar

I have not, thank goodness.

rojo's avatar

Yeah, got one last week. Dumped it without opening.

Juels's avatar

Not yet. I’ve been getting a lot of the Yahoo account closure emails.

Smitha's avatar

These emails are designed to trick recipients into installing malware. The attachment contains a malicious .exe file hidden inside a .zip file. Opening the attachment could infect your computer. I used to always get the Facebook cash rewards program emails stating “You have been selected to receive $1,500 in cash”.

Buttonstc's avatar

If I have I’m blissfully unaware of it because GMail has such efficient spam catchers that I can honestly say that, for many years, I can count on my fingers the times I’ve ever seen a spam message of any kind in my inbox.

Now, as for what’s in the trash folder, I have no idea since I never look :)

DWW25921's avatar

A cop will hand you a notice or you’ll get a letter in writing. I find that very few things that come in my email box are legit. You’re right to not open it. Just mark it as SPAM and your email provider should magically make it go away.

jca's avatar

They go into my spam box automatically now, but in the beginning, the way I knew that they were bullshit was that I have no legal issues and the subject line indicated locations I have not been to. I definitely don’t open them.

Silence04's avatar

Ever since I made a personal email for friends/family/work and a separate email specifically for signing up on websites/programs/etc, spam is no longer in my life.

Katniss's avatar

I’ve gotten a couple from a police department asking me to ” Please call for further information.” Sure, I’ll get right on that.

I got one yesterday asking me to sign up to be a mystery shopper. $200 per shop. The spelling in that email was atrocious.

I also get a lot of “work from home” emails. Did you guys know I can make $5000 per week and only spend about 20 hours each week actually working? True story! 20 hours of my time, then I can just sit back and watch those checks roll in.

DWW25921's avatar

@Katniss There are legit ways to make money on the internet. The thing is, the LEGIT sites generally promise nothing and are a lot of work… but they’re free! People want something for nothing though. I have no problem with working for what I get, I expect to get what I give.

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