Hitman Spreading Fear Through New Spam
According to Police Officials of West Wiltshire, new spam mails from a pretended hitman demanding £10,000 have been distributed across thousands of frightened people. The message threatens to murder the recipient's friends or family members unless the money demanded is paid, as reported by Mirror on June 9, 2008.
William Yahman, the purported hitman, in the vicious e-mail says that someone the recipient knows to be his friend actually wants him dead. He then says that this makes him feel sorry for the person that his life would end If he does not comply. The e-mail sender further says that he has been paid to take the person's life, which he has to do within ten days.
In the end, the e-mail warns the recipient against informing the police and even disclosing it to anybody else, otherwise the same would happen with some other person in the recipient's family as the sender knows the recipient's other family members as well.
However, after receiving reports of the e-mail from frightened people, the police is urging people to ignore it by deleting it.
According to PC Sam Withey, Warminster police, they are obviously concerned that there could be some people who are more vulnerable or likely to believe the threat, and thereby agree to pay the ransom. However, on investigating the incident, the police said that they were happy to find that there was no credible intimidation to anyone, as reported by Wiltshire on June 5, 2008.
Like most spam mails, the current threat e-mail has poor grammar and spelling such as get in touch with me now and I may just spear, instead of spare, your life.
According to Victoria Ashford, Reporter, Wiltshire Times' Warminster, and one of the recipients of the e-mail, she was quite shocked when she saw the message in her inbox. At first, she didn't give it any importance and she and her office colleagues laughed over it, but if someone, more vulnerable, does exactly what the e-mail instructs, it could mean just the opposite as well as be terrifying, as reported by Wiltshire on June 5, 2008.
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» SPAMfighter News - 23-06-2008