Last Updated: 2008-04-14 18:13:43 UTC
by John Bambenek (Version: 1)
We've gotten a few reports that some CEOs have received what purports to be a federal subpoena via e-mail ordering their testimony in a case. It then asks them to click a link and download the case history and associated information. One problem, it's total bogus. It's a "click-the-link-for-malware" typical spammer stunt. So, first and foremost, don't click on such links. An interesting component of this scam was that it did properly identify the CEO and send it to his e-mail directly. It's very highly targeted that way.
Second, the United States Federal Courts do not "serve" formal process over email. While there is an Electronic Case Management System, initial contact for a subpoena, lawsuit or other process is done the old fashioned way... someone serving you the old fashioned way. Presumably, if you did already get served you would have a lawyer handling the case for you. In that instance, the *lawyer*, not you, would be getting electronic notices from the court **after service has been handled**.