is this a scam or a virus or adware or malware?

Posted on 2014-08-28
Last Modified: 2014-09-04
My oS is win 7 prof 64 bit and I seem to be getting from the following : Court Agent []
asking me to appear in court for illegal use of a software.  It does not say what software , but here is the text :
As a defendant you have been scheduled to attend the hearing in the Court of Midland.

Hearing date: 7 September 2014
Hearing time: 10:00 a.m.
Hearing subject: illegal use of software

Prior to the court thoroughly study the plaint note in the attachment to this mail.

Court agent,
Donna Smith
 I am not sure whether this is a malware, adware or whatever.  Hope the experts can throw some light.   As far as I am concerned all my softwares are legit copies, except for the trial versions which become not functional after  the trial period.  thank u.
Question by:jegajothy
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    Accepted Solution

    I dismiss these things as scams. I assume you legally own your software. If someone really wants to get a hold of you on a legal issue, they will send you a registered letter. Blacklist these emails and do not open them (lest they also contain a virus).
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    Expert Comment

    I agree with John on this one. Never ever take these things seriously. If a vendor of software truly wants to deal with stuff like this there are other ways to contact you. And also (but i'm, not familiar with US law, from EU) if someone asks you to appear in court, shouldn't that be a written letter??
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    Assisted Solution

    Delete it and ignore it. It's essentially zero chance that any e-mail will have any legal notice standing since any reasonable person could be expected to... well,... to delete it and ignore it as a scam.

    OTOH, you might be willing to follow it up to see what kind of scam it is. The moment it comes to an offer to drop proceedings for some settlement, maybe it crosses over to a form of illegal extortion since it appears not to be valid.

    A couple trails can be followed by looking up info about [ ]. The attorney firm that seems closely associated with the words [ louisiana truck accident lawyers ] might also be very interested in a copy of the e-mail.


    Author Comment

    in response to everyone, when I tried to follow the links in the attachment, of course after ensuring that my pc was protected, my pc blocked a dangerous something, and I immediately vanished.  But these repeated bombarding of such emails can drive one crazy and nuts.   Thank u everyone, I will just delete them, since all my softwares are legit copies.
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    Expert Comment

    ...and I immediately vanished.
    That's the best action if you're not properly prepared. Excellent choice.

    But these repeated bombarding of such emails can drive one crazy and nuts.
    And that's why a "reasonable person" test will support delete/ignore. You can't be expected to do otherwise.


    Author Closing Comment

    thank u everyone, these emails are some times scary
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    by:John Hurst
    @jegajothy  - You are most welcome and I was happy to help.

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