According to this email, which purports to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), you have received a subpoena. Supposedly, you have been ‘invited to a law court by the judge because of crime commitment’ and should click a button to download information on the case and then visit the nearest police station.
However, the email is not from the AFP and the claim that you have received a subpoena is untrue. Links in the email open a compromised website that harbours malware.
The AFP is warning people about the emails via a post on its Facebook Page.
We’ve been receiving quite a few calls from the public in relation to an email that’s doing the rounds.
This email purports to be from the AFP, serving a subpoena on the recipient. There are several links in the email which may be malicious.
Don’t click on them.
Just delete the email from your Inbox and Deleted folder.
The AFP does not issue subpoenas via email.
This campaign is similar to an earlier attack in which victims received fake AFP emails claiming to be traffic infringement notices. Clicking links in the emails downloaded ransomware.
Last updated: March 3, 2016
First published: March 3, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!