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Sheriff's office, court system advise of scam

8/24/2014

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office and Ellis County District Court have issued a statement warning residents about an email scam that falsely claims the recipient is scheduled to appear in court.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office and Ellis County District Court have issued a statement warning residents about an email scam that falsely claims the recipient is scheduled to appear in court.

Callers have reported receiving email messages directing them to appear in court on a specific date and time, and bearing the name of a fictitious court official. Most of those receiving the false notices have lived out of state and do not have any cases with the district court. Other court systems across the country are reporting similar instances.

The emails instruct residents to read a court notice that is attached. The public is warned not to open the attachment, which contains a computer virus.

Ellis County District Court does not send unsolicited emails containing court papers. Residents wanting to confirm a notice they have received are encouraged to call (785) 628-9415.