Email scammers attempt to dupe public with Supreme Court subpoena

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The message tells recipients they’re invited to court ‘because of crime commitment’


The UK Supreme Court used its official Twitter account to warn the public against sham subpoena emails purporting to be from the highest court in the land.

The court informed its followers after it was alerted to the scam at around lunchtime yesterday. Littered with spelling errors, the email tells its readers “you’re invited to the law court by the judge because of crime commitment”. The scammer does not state which one of the eleven justices “the judge” is.

While the fake Supreme Court email is, well, not very convincing, the court has stressed on its website that it does not issue ‘subpoenas’ for criminal cases and only sends orders to parties to proceedings. So if you see this email, don’t click on any links and delete it immediately. A Supreme Court spokesman said:

Spotting such malware emails can sometimes be difficult and it is reprehensible for perpetrators to seek to use court insignia to trick vulnerable recipients. Quite apart from the misspellings, most UK courts rarely refer to ‘subpoenas’ and, as a final court of appeal, the Supreme Court never hears evidence from witnesses. It is important to stress that no Supreme Court system has been breached. We have reported the emails to the relevant authorities.

This isn’t the first time the profession has fallen foul to internet wrongens.

In December, Legal Cheek reported online scammers had targeted a top City law firm partner in an attempt to dupe the public (and their bank balances). According to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), a number of people received emails claiming to be from Withers lawyer Matthew Woods. He was in no way connected to the emails.

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It was the misspelling that, in my opinion, made it look so authentic!



I agree. Some of the orders we’ve received have been so awful they wold have been impossible to understand if I hadn’t taken a note at the hearing.



It will be the Supreme Court of the Privy Arbital Court.



So the email I got saying that I’ve just been appointed Lord Chief Justice is a fake?


Anonymous Coward

I assumed that the drafting errors were made by a Jones Day associate on secondment.



I’m surprised that the email did not tell he recipients that they had won an enormous payout on a Supreme Court class action brought on their behalf, and all they had to do to get their payout was to provide:

Phone number
Mother’s maiden name
Account number
Sort code
Card number
Card security code
Passport scan
Driving licence number

Etc etc etc…


Lord Harley

I got one of these, and a very long ‘judgment’ from the ‘High Court’. I knew it was bollocks



Existing Counter Cyber crime measures are simply not up to speed. The ‘relevant’ authorities this crime has been reported to will probably never trace the perpetrators.


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