Courts service warns on phishing scam

Written by Sam Trendall on 13 October 2020 in News
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Users report being sent 'penalty charge emails'

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has warned citizens to be on the lookout for email fraud being perpetrated in its name.

The agency said that it is "aware of a number of email phishing scams that are in circulation" in which members of the public are informed of a "penalty charge notice". The messages - which bear the logo of HMCTS - instruct recipients that they must pay the amount requested or they will be taken to court.

The courts service said that it "does not issue penalty charge notices" and that, moreover, all its messages are sent from an email address ending in @justice.gov.uk. 

"If in doubt, hover over the email address to see the true identity," HMCTS said. "If you receive an email on a phone, you can check the address by clicking on ‘display name’."

The agency added that citizens should also consider whether the subject line uses incorrect spellings, numbers or capital letters to try and circumvent spam filters, as well as checking if they are addressed by name or as 'dear customer'.

"Spelling errors and different font sizes within the email body or the document can indicate that the email is not genuine," it said.

Anyone receiving what they believe to be a phishing email should not reply or click any links, but should instead contact Action Fraud.

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