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The Curse of the Deadly Scam Email of Death

stick ‘em upThere is a creepy new scam in town folks. We all know that even supposedly smart people can be dumb, and sure, everyone makes errors in judgment now and again, so let me tell you now: if you happen to get an email from a person saying they’ve been hired to kill you, they are lying. This new email scam, lets call it the killer with the heart of gold scam. It reads something like this (as with most scam email, note the typos and use of English):

I want you to read this message very carefully, and keep the secret with you till further notice, You have no need of knowing who I am, where am from, till I make out a space for us to see, I have being paid [lots of money] in advance to terminate you with some reasons listed to me by my employers, its one i believe you call a friend, i have followed you closely for one week and three days now and have seen that you are innocent of the accusation, Do not contact the police or F.B.I. or try to send a copy of this to them, because if you do I will know, and might be pushed to do what i have being paid to do, beside, this is the first time I turned out to be a betrayer in my job.

Which sounds kind of laughable, except that when people respond to the email the scammers come back at them with person information, however special agent Bill Shore says, “recipients should not be overly spooked when scammers incorporate their intended victims’ personal details in their schemes.”

In an even more fun turn of events, there is a new angle to the scam. Apparently, you may get contacted by the “FBI”

inform[ing] recipients that an arrest was made in the case. The e-mail says the recipient’s information was found on the suspect and that they should reply to help further the investigation.

If you’ve been had, or if people try to get you report it, contact IC3 or your local FBI field office.