Warning - Fake Fake Court Emails
WE have seen a rise in this type of
email over the last few weeks. Merseyside Police have been informed about the
latest emails. This latest phishing email is a new variation of the fake
'Parking Ticket' and also 'Speeding Fine' scams that have
started to hit inboxes throughout the UK. We also expect at this time of year,
the Tax scam emails.
As with the other emails, the idea is to frighten or put pressure on someone to
click on a link or open a file. This is a common scam, but this a new look and
The latest emails come with the header:- "Police.UK" on them and
have the subject:- "Yоu'rе summоnеd tо соurt аs witnеss" or
"Yоu'rе summoned tо соurt."
At 1st glance and if clicking though emails
fast, you might think of clicking on, but do not do it! This is 100% a
scam and can result in a variety of problems, from viruses to loss of personal
data or even money. The 1st thing you should notice if you do open it is that
your name is not on it!
Check to see if the address sent is from
another sender and not the Police. Even if it says it is from the Police, don't
click on it! Even before you click on it, the emails say that they are
from someone other email address than the sender it reports to be issued from.
More red flags that this email will raise, if
you look at it are the spelling errors and strange use of wording. The
email goes on to say the following:- "You're herewith notified to attend
to court to givе confirmation. It is extrеmеly obligatory that you read thе
subpoenа yоu rеceivеd vеry closely. This will stаte exactly whаt thе pocess will
bе if you break down to dо what is bounden оf yоu. With regards Witness Cаre
Unit аgent Pierre-Paul Lassonde. Pleаsе, view сourt lоcаtiоn and details of
case. View саse detаils. This еmаil is the раrt of Thе Crown Prosесution Servicе
оnline notifiсation prоjeсt. Аll cоntеnt is аvailаble under thе Opеn Govеrnmеnt
Liсеnсe v3.0 (орens in а nеw windоw) unless othеrwise stated."
Then the fact it says:- "аgent Bob
Beeler" is yet another red flag.
Next the tag line at the bottom of the email
reads:- "Аll cоntеnt is аvailаble under thе Opеn Govеrnmеnt Liсеnсe v3.0 (орens
in а nеw windоw) unless othеrwise stated." This should set alarm bells
If all looks ok, and no spelling errors are
showing and it says it was sent via the Police, they would have contacted
directly and not in this way. Plus other warning sign is the word:- "subроena"
is Russian, meaning a legal document ordering someone to go to Court. So why
would they use a Russian word?
Then hoverer over the link, you
will see that it does not go to the Police, but to a website w@@@@@@@@@y.com, as
it clearly is not the Police website or the Crown Prosecution Service's website.
(We have removed the site name, as the site
could have been hacked and even if not, we would not recommend visiting it.)
If you get this email, our advice, and also the Police advice is:- "Do do
not open it, just delete it." Remember, even if it looks authentic, if
you're not expecting it, or it looks too good, do not open it.
Keep updated about scam emails and websites, also learn how to report them via
the UK's National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, Action Fraud's
Page. Also, install a Phishing Filter on
your emails, if you do not have one already. They are not 100%, but do remove
many of the scam emails being sent currently. Click
here to see a large picture of the email.
My Neighbours' Bonfire Night Party is
Causing a Nuisance. What Can I Do?
BONFIRE Night brings thrills and fun
for everybody with fireworks, sparklers and bonfires, and whilst they bring
happiness to many, if mishandled, what should be a very enjoyable evening can
end in arguments between neighbours, or worse!
► Who is responsible if someone gets hit by a firework at a party?
► Are there
restrictions on when you can have a bonfire?
► And what can you do if your
neighbour's Bonfire Night party is keeping you up at night?
Hannah Parsons from DAS Law is here to answer the questions you need to know.
What are the legal ramifications if you are injured by a firework at a friend
or family's party?
An occupier of a land owes a duty to any visitor to take reasonable care to
ensure the visitor is safe on the premises. Therefore if someone is hosting a
firework party, they should ensure they are purchasing the fireworks from a
licensed outlet, that they read the instructions carefully before use and ensure
that they light the fireworks from a safe place. If you are injured, you may be
able to hold the organiser of the event liable.
Is it true there are restrictions on when you can have a bonfire?
There are no restrictions on when you can have a bonfire.
Can you burn anything?
No you cannot. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it is an offence to
burn any substance that will release harmful fumes causing pollution to the
environment or harm to human health (these could include:- plastic, rubber or
You need to ensure that the fire is contained and does not escape causing damage
or injury to people. It is also an offence if anyone on a public road is
"injured, interrupted or endangered" by fire or smoke from your bonfire.
Can you prevent your neighbour from having a bonfire?
It is unlikely that you would be able to prevent your neighbour from having a
bonfire if they are doing so occasionally and are not burning hazardous
material. Obviously, if the neighbour's fire is posing a clear risk to the
safety of your property this could be reported to the fire service.
What recourse do I have if my neighbour is causing a nuisance?
► If your neighbour's bonfire is affecting you, the 1st step would be to raise
it with the neighbour to make them aware of the impact the bonfire has on you.
► If this fails then you may be able to get a court order restricting the
neighbour's ability to have a bonfire. But the occasional bonfire is unlikely to
amount to a legal nuisance and legal advice should be sought when considering
legal action against your neighbour.
► If you neighbour is burning hazardous material you can report the neighbour to
the environmental health team within your local authority.
If a neighbour's bonfire burns your fence or property, who's insurance should
be claimed on?
► If the fence was damaged because your neighbour failed to contain the fire and
take appropriate steps to prevent the fire from escaping or getting out of
control then your neighbour could be liable for the damage caused to the fence.
► If it is your neighbour's fault then they should claim on their insurance, but
you cannot insist they do so. However, when faced with a potential claim for
damages the neighbour may choose to get their insurance company involved instead
of dealing with it themselves.