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HMC&TS Worker’s Compensation Appeal – fake word.doc malware — 8 Comments

  1. It seems that the author of this fake email is treading a fine line to avoid contempt of court. The legal language used sounds quite authentic but there is no Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal in England & Wales. If the author pretended to be a functionary of a real court or tribunal, it would be a contempt to pretend to be such a person. Using the Courts Service logo may also be problematic for the author.

    PJD

  2. We should alert the courts system about this. Do you know who we should tell and, if so, please could you post the details here.

    I have just had one of these scam emails and was swift to look at the email (not the attachments) as I am currently a claimant n a court case (unrelated to workers’ compensation, which is what the scam email is about). I didn’t believe an official HM Courts email would start with “To Whom it May Concern” so I thought a scam was likely. I Googled and your link came up. It would be very helpful to know who I should alert to this.

    Many thanks.

    Jo

    • There is very little point in reporting it to the courts. They can’t do anything. Their systems haven’t been hacked. It is the bad guys that try to scare you into opening the attachment so they can gain control of your computer.

      These emails are all being sent from infected computers and servers and they choose a subject and an email address to pretend to send from.

      • I was more hoping that because someone is acting as the courts, the courts might be inclined to do something about it. Even if it was some sort of notice on their website.

        On a slight sidenote, if you view the source of the email, there are all sorts historic references inserted as comments.

        • the comments in the source of the email are left over artefacts from previous spam runs. They mistakenly believe that spam filters won’t block the emails because of them

          Unfortunately the courts cannot do anything about it and any Government department, especially the Court Service or Justice department are notoriously slow for putting up notices on their websites. They have to doublecheck, triple check and hold internal enquiries before anything is posted or altered. Nobody is prepared to take any responsibility or add a warning, just in case that warning results in somebody not responding to a genuine official email or letter from the Court Service and they get taken to European Court of Human Rights because they heard or dismissed the case in the person’s absence.

          Common sense and a Government Department, especially the Justice Department or Courts Service don’t go hand in hand 🙂

          • “the comments in the source of the email are left over artefacts from previous spam runs. They mistakenly believe that spam filters won’t block the emails because of them”

            Thats quite interesting to know.

            “Unfortunately the courts cannot do anything about it and any Government department, especially the Court Service or Justice department are notoriously slow for putting up notices on their websites.”

            Fair point, well made!

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