You can read the government advice on avoiding scams at their website here...
Official Lawsuit Notice - SUMMONS TO WITNESS
Yes, you guessed it, it's a scam - don't open any attachment or it will infect you computer with viruses
Have you been called by BT, TalkTalk or Microsoft telling you you have computer problems?
This is a common scam going round at the moment. It's not BT or any other reputable company. Just politely hang up and tell them you'll get a professional to take a look.
They will usually want you to disable your virus protection and visit their web site - presumably to download their own virus.
There are many stories about such calls here, give them a read some are quite amusing.
DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD DETAILS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!
My customers are welcome to contact me with any concerns on this matter.
Expecting a parcel?
Looks like you missed it while you were out? They've send you an email to arrange redelivery?
DON'T FALL FOR IT - DON'T CLICK ON IT
They never send an email - they always put a note through the door.
If you are downloading software make sure it comes from the correct suppliers site i.e...
Adobe software will be from adobe.com
iTunes will be from apple.com
Do not use a 'Download Manager' - these generally will install lots of adverts, hijack your homepage and infect your computer with malware.
If you are presented with a 'you must update this software' message when browsing the web - don't believe it first off, check the suppliers site first.
Software that plays pirate movies is renowned for installing malware also.