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Public warned against scam emails from OCA

May 16, 2023 Hector Lawas 355 views

THE Supreme Court warned the public against fraudulent email accounts claiming to be from the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA).

In an advisory, the SC urged individuals to disregard these emails and their attachments, advising them to mark such messages as spam.

“The public and recipients of these emails are hereby advised to disregard the attachments and mark the messages as spam or phishing, as they were not sent by the OCA-OHJ (Office of the Hall of Justice),” stated the advisory.

The SC said the OCA-OHJ had reported the suspected hacking and/or phishing incident to the Management Information Systems Office, which is currently conducting an ongoing investigation.

The issue came to light after several trial courts reported to the OCJ (Office of the Court Administrator) that they had received emails with the subject line “Soft Copies Agreement (FYA)” from an account claiming to be the “Office of the Halls of Justice – OCA.”

These emails, sent from compromised email addresses such as [email protected] and [email protected], contained an attachment named “dscaned release copies.html.”

When opened, the attachment solicited private personal information from the recipient.