I received an email yesterday that got my attention.  It came from an attorney at law by the name of Vincent Gambino Baker.  Here's what the email said:

Rick,
You have Notice to Appear in Court.

Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing at the county courthouse. Please bring all documents and witnesses relating to this case with you to Court on your hearing date.

To view a copy of the court notice CLICK HERE Please, read it thoroughly.

Note: If you do not attend the hearing the Judge may issue a warrant for failure to appear in Court.

Regards,
Vincent Gambino Baker, Attorney at Law

Defiantly a threating email, that certainly got me thinking.  What could've I have done wrong recently?  Who did I tick off?  I haven't received a ticket, or had a run in with the law in ages?  Did I blow off a jury summons by accident?  I was just about to click the CLICK HERE link, when I decided to google the attorney's name.  It didn't take long for me to determine this was nothing more than a phishing scam.

What should've gave it away right away was the "CLICK HERE" in the email.  Those two words are the point of the entire message. Mr. Vincent Gambino Baker is trying to entice me to do the "click" at which point, he's either going to infect my computer with malware or he's going to try and get some personal information, such as a credit card number.

I'm pretty sure that if I was scheduled to appear in court I would have been either been charged with a crime or received an official notification from the state or the county. Many times with these scams, a little common sense can save a potential victim from heartache and fraud. Good advice is to always think before you click. Thankfully, I decided to do a simple google search of the attorney in question.  Don't fall for this scam.  I ALMOST did.