Hit man scam targets Arlington man

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 2 at 6:47 PM

"It was a heck of a way to start the new year," said Mark Stevens.

Stevens logged onto his email New Year's Day, finding a message from a supposed hit man threatening to kill him.

"When you see something like that you definitely pay attention," said the retired Arlington man.

The message told Stevens that someone wanted him dead, and the only way to keep from being murdered would be to pay off the hit man. The FBI says the email is a scam, the latest spin off of the old Nigerian Prince ripoff that has been making the rounds on the Internet for years.

"Instead of praying on a person's greed, they were playing on fear," Stevens says, "a basic human instinct."

The email is fake, but chilling nonetheless. Different variations have made their way into people's in boxes. One iteration states that international authorities have made an arrest in the case, and that the recipient should reply to help in the investigation.

Typically, scams like this are boiler plates mass mailed around the world. Their trademarks are a lack of specificity with regard to the recipient's name, location, or family members. The FBI says if you receive a generic email like this, disregard it. If the email has more personal information you should report it to police.

Text from hit man email scam:

Good Day Friend.

Am very sorry for you my friend, is a pity that this is how your life 
is going to end as soon as you don't comply. As you can see there is 
no need of introducing myself to you because I don't have any business 
with you, my duty as I am mailing you now is just to KILL/ASSASINATE 
you and I have to do it as I have already been paid for that.

Someone you call a friend wants you Dead by all means, and the person 
have spent a lot of money on this, the person also came to us and told 
me that he want you dead and he provided us with your name, picture 
and other necessary information's we needed about you. So I sent my 
boys to track you down and they have carried out the necessary 
investigation needed for the operation on you, and they have done that 
but I told them not to kill you that I will like to contact you and 
see if your life is Important to you or not since their findings shows 
that you are innocent.

I called my client back and ask him of you email address which I 
didn't tell him what I wanted to do with it and he gave it to me and I 
am using it to contact you now. As I am writing to you now my men are 
monitoring you and they are telling me everything about you.

Now do you want to LIVE OR DIE? As someone has paid us to kill you. 
Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your 
life, If you are not ready for my help, then I will carry on with my 
job straight-up.

WARNING: DO NOT THINK OF CONTACTING THE POLICE OR EVEN TELL ANYONE 
BECAUSE I WILL KNOW. REMEMBER, SOMEONE WHO KNOWS YOU VERY WELL WANT 
YOU DEAD! I WILL EXTEND IT TO YOUR FAMILY, INCASE I NOTICE SOMETHING 
FUNNY.

DO NOT COME OUT ONCE IT IS 7:30PM UNTIL I MAKE OUT TIME TO SEE YOU AND 
GIVE YOU THE TAPE OF MY DISCUSSION WITH THE PERSON WHO WANT YOU DEAD 
AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLIED WITH MY DEMANDS, THEN YOU CAN USE IT TO TAKE 
ANY LEGAL ACTION. GOOD LUCK AS I AWAIT YOUR REPLY

Regards

Don Vanuchi

 

Related links:

 

http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-alert-hit-man-e-mail-scam-persists 

http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/hitman.asp




 

 

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