Fake Life-Threatening Emails being Distributed in Ocean City
Authorities in Ocean City (Philadelphia, US) are presently investigating about the bogus life-threatening e-mails that are circulating fast in the city and have been received by many of the natives, as reported by NBC40 on November 5, 2010.
Chester Asher, one of the recipients of the life-threatening e-mail stated that, the e-mail states that the senders of the e-mail had been hired by somebody to murder him, as reported by NBC40 on November 5, 2010. Asher further added that the mail was in his junk mail folder.
According to Asher, the e-mail comes with subject line as "your life is in danger" and with such a dreadful subject, it was quite difficult to overlook. As per Asher, the e-mail further stated that, the senders had been given with the recipient's name, photograph, and other details to carry out the order, until Asher contacts them and agree to pay money to spare his life.
Asher stated that, he didn't believe that the e-mail was legitimate.
Although the e-mail threatened the recipients that there (sender's) men are monitoring them and they should not contact the police, both the residents contacted the police.
Commenting on the issue, Ocean City Police Lt. Steven, Ang said that, these e-mails were a scam and they didn't think that these peoples' lives were in danger, as reported by NBCPhiladelphia on November 5, 2010.
He further highlighted that, the e-mail was sent from a Hotmail account and is full of grammatical mistakes.
Ang noted that the best way to solve the problem is to trace back the IP address. According to Ang, the e-mail seems to come from a Nigerian country. Both the recipients got the e-mail in just two days difference and to make the situation look scarier, crooks have sent the mail to people who live just yards away from each other. However, according to Ang, it might be a fluke. It could be how they targeted a specific area.
The victims reported to Police that they didn't send any fees to the senders and the police authorities noted all netizens that they shouldn't send money if they receive a similar e-mail.
Furthermore, anyone who has received a similar message is requested to contact the Ocean City Police Department by calling on the hotline number, or their local authorities.
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