Updated: 02/04/2014 4:48 PM
Created: 02/04/2014 4:33 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
A few members of the public have recently received erroneous phone calls and emails saying the claim they filed was received by the Minnesota Clerk of Appellate Courts.
The emails contain a link that is potentially dangerous, according to Court Communications Specialist Kyle Christopherson.
Christopherson said people can tell the emails are fake because they are signed, "Sincerely, Court Secretary." There is no court secretary employed by the Appellate Courts.
Also, any action filed with the courts typically has a fee associated with it, and the courts would issue filers a receipt.
Christopherson also said those who have filed a notice of appeal or any motion with the court is not in any danger of personal information being stolen because the emails and calls have been to members of the public who have not filed anything with the courts.
A sample email:
FROM: Minnesota Court of Appeals [firstname.lastname@example.org] Mon 2/3/2014 8:46 PM Pretrial notice
Hereby we confirm that your complaint has been received together with enclosures dated January 30, 2014. The complaint will be reviewed in court in the nearest possible time based on the documents and information you have previously provided. You do not have to be present at trial in person if the Court does not suggest otherwise.
Please use this link to check your complaint once again and confirm it. If we do not get your confirmation the claim will be canceled. You will be further notified without delay of any judgment delivered in regard to your complaint.