Most people would automatically realize such an email is a scam based on several factors, most notably that such notices would never be emailed but rather served by a sheriff or sent via registered mail.
As always the language of the email is off, including the use of “plaint” when one would assume should be “complaint.” But perhaps the biggest red flag on this particular email is that February 29, the date of the court appearance, marks a Leap Year, which does not occur in 2014.
Some of the emails have been impersonating large law firms including the international practice of Perkins Coie.
That led Perkins Coie to release a statement January 6 noting, “There has been an email spoof attack that is impersonating the domain name of several large law firms, including Perkins Coie.
This spoof attack involves an email falsely purporting to be from Perkins Coie or another law firm and describing a fictitious court appearance. Please be aware that it did not originate from Perkins Coie. In addition, please be aware that the email may contain a link to a computer virus. You should not open the email, any attachments, nor respond to it in any way.
We want to emphasize that this spoofing attack is not the result of any compromise of the security systems at Perkins Coie. If you have any questions, please contact Security@perkinscoie.com.”
Start the New Year off right and make not opening any attachments from sources you don’t know and trust, no matter how urgent it seems, a top resolution you always keep.