Posted: Thu 8th Oct 2020

Phishing emails are being sent out claiming to be from HM Courts & Tribunals Service

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Oct 8th, 2020

HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it is aware of a number of email phishing scams that are in circulation stating that a penalty charge notice has been issued and if not paid, the person will be taken to court. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

HM Courts & Tribunals Service does not issue Penalty Charge Notices. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Fraudsters will copy the HMCTS logo and attempt to make the notice look genuine. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Any genuine email from HMCTS will be sent from an @justice.gov.uk email address. If in doubt, hover over the email address to see the true identity. If you receive an email on a phone, you can check the address by clicking on ‘display name’. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There are a number of things that can be checked to test the authenticity of a document or email. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Scammers will not know your name so it will show as ‘Dear Customer’. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Odd ‘spe11ings’ or ‘cApitALs’ are used in the subject box to get through spam filters. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Spelling errors and different font sizes within the email body or the document can indicate that the email is not genuine. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

If you receive an email: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • do not reply
  • do not follow the link to pay
  • contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or email the fraud unit
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