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Important Notice about 'Scam' Emails Involving Notices to Appear

Issued Date: 28 July 2015

It has come to the Court's attention that scam emails, directing recipients to report to court and to open an attachment for more information, are infecting recipients' computers with a virus.

These scam emails typically instruct recipients to report to court on a specific day and time, and they often direct the recipient to bring documents and witnesses with them. They also typically warn that the court may proceed in their absence.

The emails also instruct recipients to read a court notice that is attached. The attachment contains a computer virus. Do not open the attachment. Delete the email.

Be on the alert, if you are not involved in a court proceeding, the court does not communicate with you by email. The court does not send unsolicited emails or requests for personal information. The court does not send emails threatening to take action against you if you do not appear in court. Nor does the court send emails that ask you to open attachments in order to obtain additional information.

For more information about online scams, contact the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission at:


Remember, if you are unsure of the origin of an email, do not open it, do not reply to it and do no click on any links within the email.