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Assassination emails

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday January 10, 2007 )

If you get one of these emails, given the capacity this scam has for absolutely terrifying those not savvy to such things, rather than ignoring it; keep the email and report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The IC3 is a collaborative project of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.

Let’s try to get some of these filthy, bottom feeding punks off our cyber-streets.

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Imagine receiving an email that said you were the target of a hit man; i.e. slated for assassination. That’s the new angle being used by some low life pond scum scammers… no offense intended to pond scum.

In early December, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) began receiving reports of emails threatening to assassinate the recipient unless the person paid thousands of dollars; in some instances, in the 6 figure range.

The “assassin” scammer claims to have been stalking the victim for a period of time and was hired by a friend to kill the target. The target is told by the scammer that the execution will take place soon if the cash isn’t paid, or if the target goes to the police.

The scam appears to have its roots in Russia as unfortunately so many scams do. The Russian authorities really need to get their act together in tracking down and prosecuting these morons before their online reputation, along with a few other Eastern European countries, winds up being on par with Nigeria.

So far, nobody has reported falling for the scam, but it has made some victims awfully nervous; which is totally understandable. Imagine your kids getting these sorts of notes, especially if they are well thought out.

I think if I get one of these emails, I’ll just reply to the would-be assassin with “Dude, you’ll have to stand in line”. But seriously, this is pretty low, even for scammers and may the culprits reap what they sow.

If you get one of these emails, given the capacity this scam has for absolutely terrifying those not savvy to such things, rather than ignoring it; keep the email and report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The IC3 is a collaborative project of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.

Let’s try to get some of these filthy, bottom feeding punks off our cyber-streets.



 

 
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