The UK's highest court has issued a warning that phishing emails are being sent under its banner asking for personal information.
The Supreme Court said on Twitter that it was aware of a growing number of people receiving emails that claim to have been from the court issuing a subpoena and demanding data.
However, as it explained further on its website, it does not issue proceeding in this manner and those who do receive the email should delete it and leave it unopened.
"Orders made by the Supreme Court are only sent to the parties to proceedings before the Court, and will bear the courts seal and logo," it said.
"The Supreme Court does not issue 'subpoenas' for criminal cases and if you receive an email purporting to be such you are advised to ignore it.
They urged people who do receive any such emails to report it to the government's Action Fraud squad.
The emails, based on the picture the Supreme Court posted on Twitter, seem a clear phishing attempt by asking for personal information and using the guise of a subpoena to scare people into complying.
It appears a new twist on the old tactics of sending fake invoices or delivery notifications that people are often too intrigued by to ignore, and inadvertently open themselves up to malware, or sending crooks personal information that can be used to hack other online accounts.
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