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Attorney General Caldwell Warns of Fake Court Appearance Email Scam

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell warns of an email scam that instructs recipients to appear in court. The fraudulent email with the subject line "Notice of Appearance in Court" is purportedly sent from a “court clerk” instructing recipients to appear for “illegal software usage.”

The emails deceptively impersonate the domain name of several well-known law firms and contain an attachment, purportedly a copy of the court notice, which may link to a computer virus. The emails request the recipient bring an “identity document” on the specified court date. The law firms mentioned in the emails confirm the emails did not originate from them.

Sanettria “Sam” Pleasant, head of the Attorney General’s Public Protection Division, said her office has fielded about 20 calls and emails from consumers this week about the fake messages.

“Ignore and delete these emails. They are not official court notices and recipients do not need to appear in court,” Pleasant advises.

To report a scam or file a complaint, please contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-351-4889 or online at

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section is authorized under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act to conduct investigations when there is reason to believe an unfair or deceptive trade practice has taken place, is taking place, or is about to take place. Additionally, enforcing anti-trust laws relative to the regulation of trade and commerce and protecting the welfare of small business interests and the interests of persons injured by anti-trust violations are a vital part of the office’s mission. The Consumer Protection Section conducts education seminars, training, and workshops on important consumer issues and also focuses on the mediation and investigation of consumer complaints and inquires.

Coming soon, the attorney's general office seeks to provide a mechanism by which to take online payments for collections.