In 2007 an email scam was first reported that pretended to come from a
professional hitman, hired to kill the recipient. In reality, the emailer
is only interested in stealing money.
The text of a typical scam email reads as follows:
I want you to read this message very carefully and wisely, and then
keep the secret with you till further notice.
I'm a professional; hence you have no need of knowing who I am, where
am from, until I arrange for a face to face meeting. I have been duly paid
$50, 000.00 in advance to terminate your life for some reasons listed to
me by my employer, its one I believe you call a friend. Surreptitiously, I
have been following you closely for a month now and have seen that you are
innocent of the accusation leveled against you.
In your best interest, do not contact the Police or try to send a copy
of this to any security agents, because if you do, I will certainly know
through the impeccable assistance of my secret agents, and will be forced
to do what I have being duly paid to do, beside this is the first time I
turned out to be a betrayer against the ethic of my profession.
Now listen, I will arrange for us to see face to face but before that
I need the amount of $70,000.00, you have nothing to be afraid of. I will
be coming to see you in your Office or Home determine where you wish we
meet, do not set any Camera to cover us or set up any tape to record our
conversation, my employer is in my control now. You will need to transfer
$20, 000.00 to the account I will provide for you, before we will set our
first meeting, after you have make the first advance payment to the
account, I will provide you with the Tape that contains his request for me
to assassinate you, which will be enough proof for you to charge him to
Court (if you wish to do so), then the balance will be paid later.
You don't need my phone contact for now till am assured you are ready
to comply, and being silence on this matter is very dangerous. The choice
remains yours, and you have the next 72hrs to make that choice, otherwise
you will live your limited life watching your back. A word is enough for