US Courts Subpoena Phishing Email

I just received a very convincing email that pretends to be a subpoena from the US District Court. This is an extremely crafty email and the most realistic scam I have seen yet. However the poor souls who visit the court site will receive a nasty surprise.

This is a phishing site that will attempt to steal your personal information DO NOT VISIT THIS SITE:

Using Internet explorer, this site will download spyware and malware into your computer.

The correct link to the US District court is:

Below is a copy of the US court phishing email. One thing that gives them away is the atrocious spelling:

AO 88(Rev.11/94) Subpoena in a Civil Case
United States District Court Federal Seal Issued by the
Issued to: ———-


Case number: 45-616-RRE
United States District Court

YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear and testify before the Grand Jury of the United States District Court at the place, date, and time specifiied below.
Place: United States Courthouse
880 Front Street
San Diego, California 92101

Room: Grand Jury Room
room 5217

Date and Time: May 9,2008
9:00 a.m. PST

Issuing officers name and address: O’Mevely & Meyers LLP; 400 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Please download the entire document on this matter(follow this link) and print it for your record.

This subpoena shall remain in effect until you are granted leave to depart by the court or by an officer on behalf of the court.

Any organisation not a party to this suit thas is subponaed for the taking of a deposition shall designate one or more offcers, directors, or managing agents, or other persons to testify on its behalf, and may set forth, for each person designated, the matters on wich the person will testify. Federal Rules of Civil Procedures,20(b)(6).

Failure to appear at the time and place indicated may result in a contempt of court citation. Bring this subpoena with you to the courtroom and oresent it to the bailiff. Direct any questions to the person requesting you to appear: City Prosecutor.

If you see this email, immediately report it as spam.


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8 Responses

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  2. It is kind of a whaling attack targeting big fishes in corporate offices like CEO’s, top executives and managers.

    “This is one of the best phish e-mails I’ve seen in the past 6 years” quoted by Mr. Steve Kirsch, a well known Silicon Valley entrepreneur

    Remember, that it is not legal to send subpoena via emails unless it is agreed by the people. Also All US Federal courts have URLs of the form “” and not in the form
    “” mentioned in email. So Beware of these kinds of mails. The Abaca Email Protection Gateway ( service was the only service I know that quarantined these emails.

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