Florida Supreme Court warns of email scam

The Florida Supreme Court has issued a warning to the public about another email scam using fraudulent Florida court documents. The email scams appear to come from locations in Florida but may target people elsewhere in the United States or internationally.

Similar versions of the current scam surfaced in 2019, 2017 and 2014.

“Florida’s state courts do not send out binding official legal notices by email,” said Craig Waters, director of the Florida Supreme Court’s Public Information Office. “Anyone receiving emails that reference a Florida court document should never pay money without checking further,” Waters said.

To inquire about potential scam emails, forward copies of the email and any attachments to the Florida Supreme Court at supremecourt@flcourts.org. The Court’s Marshal’s Office and other appropriate law enforcement agencies can investigate scams that falsely use the name of the Florida Supreme Court or forge signatures of its judges, Waters said.

“The previous email and telephone scams have targeted Spanish speakers with threats of deportation, professionals over licensing issues, and members of the general public for supposedly missing jury duty. One scam a few years ago demanded a court ‘fine’ for ‘illegal software use’,” Waters said.

The Florida Supreme Court said they encourage anyone receiving such scam documents to report them to local law enforcement.

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