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‘Contract Killer’ Scam Email Resurfaces

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Email purporting to be from an assassin who has been hired to kill you claims that ‘someone who knows you very well wants you dead’, but offers to let you live if you send him $8000.


Brief Analysis:
The email is not from any assassin and nobody has been paid to kill you. The email is a scam designed to panic you into sending your money to cybercriminals. The same email is sent randomly to very large numbers  of people in the hope that a few recipients will believe the claims and pay up.

Example:
Attention, I am very sorry for you, is a pity that this is how your life is going to end as soon as you don’t comply. As you can see we are the members of the Deadly Networks in the world, which is responsible for the bombing of twin [ISO-8859-1?]tower’s in America on Sept. 11th and the bombing of London transport services on July 7th (AL-QAEDA NETWORKS WORLDWIDE), I don’t have any business with you, my duty as I am mailing you now is just to KILL you and I have to do it as I have already
been paid for that.Someone who you called your friend wants you dead by all means, and this person have spent a lot of money in this venture, This person came to us and told me that he wanted you dead and he provided us with your name, picture and other necessary information’s we needed about you.So I sent my boys to track you down this including bugging of your phones with satellite tracking devices and they have carried out the necessary investigation we needed for the operation on you, and if you doubt this information am going to give you all the necessary information about you back to you in your next reply so that you can believe me, and my boys are really on you but I told them not to kill you that I will like to contact you and see if your life is important to you and the one of your family. I called my client back and ask him of your email address which I didn’t tell him what I wanted to do with it and he gave it to me and I am using it to contact you now. As I am writing you this mail my men are monitoring you and they are telling me everything about you.Now do you want to LIVE OR DIE? Since all program has be made and draw to kill you. Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your Life, $8,000 is all you need to spend in this process you will first of all Pay $3,000 and then I will send a tape to you which I recorded in every discussion I had with the person who wanted you dead and as soon as you get the Tape,
You will pay the remaining balance of $5,000. If you are not ready for my help, then I will carry on with my job straight-up.WARNING: DO NOT THINK OF CONTACTING THE POLICE OR EVEN TELLING ANYONE BECAUSE I WILL KNOW ,REMEMBER, SOMEONE WHO KNOWS YOU VERY WELL WANT YOU DEAD! I WILL EXTEND IT TO YOUR FAMILY, INCASE I NOTICE SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR TELLING THE SECURITY ABOUT IT BECAUSE A GOOD LOOK IS OUT YOU AT THE MOMENT. DO NOT COME OUT ONCE IT IS 8PM UNTIL I MAKE OUT TIME TO SEE YOU AND GIVE YOU THE TAPE OF ALL DISCUSSION WITH THE PERSON WHO WANT YOU DEAD THEN YOU CAN USE IT TO TAKE ANY LEGAL ACTION. GOOD LUCK AS I AWAIT YOUR REPLY



Detailed Analysis:
According to this email, someone who you called your friend wants you dead by all means. Supposedly, the sender of the message has been paid to kill you by ‘someone you know very well’. But, claims the email, this – apparently double crossing – hired assassin has decided to offer you the chance to save your life by sending him $8000. Supposedly, the assassin is a member of the Deadly Networks, a group responsible for 9/11 and the London bombings. The assassin claims that he has his men watching your every move and warns you to not even think of going to the police. He suggest that you get back to him if you want to live and promises that he will provide you with a tape of the friend planning your demise that you can later take to the police.

But, you can relax. The person who contacted you is not an assassin who has been paid to kill you. And he and his men are not spying on you as claimed. In fact, the email’s sender is just a run-of-the-mill advance fee scammer intent on tricking you into sending your money and personal information. And, he no doubt sent the very same email to hundreds of thousands of other recipients in the hope of netting at least a few victims.

If you respond to the scammer, he will then try to intimidate you into sending the initial $3000, ostensibly to stop him proceeding with your murder. At this point, of course, he knows nothing about you. But, during your correspondence with the scammer, he may trick you into revealing personal information about yourself.  And, once he has some initial details such as your name and location, he may be able to discover more information about you via publicly available records. He can then twist this information around in later messages to make it appear that his henchmen really are watching you.  He may even send you some tapes or transcripts to convince you that somebody really did put out a contract on your life. Thus, he may convince you to send the further $5000. In fact, he will probably keep demanding more and more money until your run out of funds to send or at last realise that you are being scammed.

And, during the course of the scam, the criminal may have tricked you into revealing a lot of personal and financial information and he may later use this information to steal your identity.

‘Hitman’ scams like this one have been hitting inboxes in various forms for at least a decade. Over the years, the FBI has issued several warnings about these extortion scams. If you receive one of these scam emails, do not respond.



Contract Killer Scam Email

Last updated: March 30, 2016
First published: March 30, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Hitman Payoff Scam Email
Pay Up or I’ll Kill You Scam Email
‘Targeted for Assassination’ Advance Fee Scam
FBI – E-Mail Scam Includes Hit-Man Threat

 

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