‘Hitman’ E-mail Scam Affects Central Florida
Police detectives of Kissimmee (Florida, USA) have issued an alert to residents regarding one fresh e-mail scam that's circulating in central Florida wherein the e-mail scammers are introducing themselves as a hitman hired for assassinating the recipient. WESH.com published this dated February 1, 2012.
Actually, according to police, a woman from Kissimmee, aged 56, got an e-mail having an unusual header: "Your Life Has Been Paid For," with the message body stating that its writers had been paid for killing the reader through his colleague, but that his life could be spared if he paid just $9,000.
In fact, it was written that the hitman would even disclose the person's name, who had agreed towards paying him for murdering the victim.
Furthermore, police state that they've managed to trace the e-mail's IP address that's based in Germany, which suggests that the scam originated offshore as also that it's solely designed for threatening people into paying the criminals precious money.
Even FBI i.e. the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that it contacted IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center), which told the agency that the scam shot off from Germany as also that it had been circulating starting 2006. According to detectives, the e-mail believably is a spam.
And while agents of FBI are probing into the e-mail threat, cops state that it's practically impossible to dig into these frauds' original point as these are regarded as a faceless offence.
Meanwhile, security experts comment that online scams are increasing in number. Therefore, citizens must importantly apprise to law enforcement of these attacks, while being careful to never transfer any money to the attackers.
The experts further comment that the hitman or similar kind of scam wherein somebody dispatches e-mail, intimidating recipients to send money, is now a commonplace. Indeed, during January 2012, the Police Department of Lubbock (USA) too cautioned people towards ignoring a scam electronic mail related to "hitman."
Hence, officials are recommending each and every citizen who maybe recipients of similar e-mails that they mustn't make any monetary compensation in response to the messages, while instantly inform the local cops about the e-mails.
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