Scam alert: email telling you to appear in court

scam alertLocal court officials are warning the public about an email scam that falsely claims the recipient is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court.

Here are the details:

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 Municipal Court. Other courts across the country have reported similar incidents involving false emails.

The emails also instruct recipients to read a court notice that is attached. The attachment contains a computer virus. Do no open the attachment. Delete the email.

Please know that these email messages are not coming from the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court. The Municipal Court also does not send unsolicited emails containing court papers. If you are not involved in a court proceeding and have not supplied the Municipal Court, the Kansas City Police Department or the Kansas City Prosecutor’s Office with an email address about a Municipal Court case, the court does not communicate with you by email. All Municipal Court notices regarding court dates, warrants or other aspects are mailed to interested parties through the United States Postal Service.

If you have a question about a notice you have received from the Municipal Court, please call 816-513-2700.

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