Avoid Threatening Email Scams: Grand Island Police

The Grand Island Police Department (GIPD, Nebraska, US) has asked the public to overlook email cons which make use of threats for seeking attention, according to The Independent's report dated November 15, 2011.

In the recent times, the inhabitants of the Grand Island got an electronic mail from a group which claimed itself as a person who was remunerated to 'terminate', according to a media statement issued by the Police Department.

The cybercriminal asserts that he has understood that the receiver is not guilty, and thus, he wants to dissolve the 'contract' at a particular cost.

Several people in the Grand Island have received almost similar posts. However, the dollar amount and the dispatcher's name were different in each email. The letter did include details, such as the recipient's name, address and contact number, the press release added.

The Police officials have assured the people, who have got the email, that they are safe, and it is just an email con.

Alarmingly, not only the Grand Island residents are receiving such emails, but similar reports are also coming from Wrentham, Massachusetts. This trick is well known as the Hitman scam, the officials disclosed.

Wrentham, Massachusetts' Police Chief James Anderson said that a local lady had called the Department after getting such email, in which the writer had mentioned that he had been paid US$10,000 to kill the woman. He asked for US$15,000 to cancel the hit. He said that he would also send an audio tape of the individual who allegedly employed him. The email also threatened to murder the woman and her relatives if they got in touch with the Police.

There is nothing new about such email scams asking money. However, the risk of violence employed in this exacting con is rather harsh.

Anderson said that people should never be indecisive of getting in touch with the police if they receive such threatening letters.

However, this is not the first instance when the US Police Officials have warned the residents to remain vigilant of the Hitman e-mail scam. There were similar reports of the two different version of the scam in July 2008 as well, leading the Police to issue and advisory.

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