The Christmas Death Treath Scam of 2009

The so called “Hitman Scam” has been known to surface around christmas time every year since 2006. This year is no exception. Users of sosial networks have filed another stack of  complaints to the authorities, site operators ignore them and delete the users account instead. It’s become almost like a christmas tradition.

“The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive thousands of reports concerning the hit man e-mail scheme. E-mail content has evolved since late 2006; however, the messages remain similar in nature, claiming the sender has been hired to kill the recipient.”

Federal Bureau of Investigation

If you receive a death threat email, you’re in good company. The so-called “Hitman email” scam has made a comeback. Around since at least 2006, the content of the death threat email has evolved some, but the general gist of it remainds the same: the Hitman email claims that someone wants you dead, that the Hitman email sender has been hired to kill you, and that if you come up with a sufficient amount of money, they will spare your life.

The so-called “Hitman email” scam has made a comeback this christmas.

Around since at least 2006, the content of the death threat email has evolved some, but the general gist of it remainds the same: the Hitman email claims that someone wants you dead, that the Hitman email sender has been hired to kill you, and that if you come up with a sufficient amount of money, they will spare your life.

According to the FBI, the Internet Crime Complaint Center continues to receive thousands of reports concerning the hit man e-mail scheme.

E-mail content has evolved since late 2006; however, the messages remain similar in nature, claiming the sender has been hired to kill the recipient.

Two new versions of the scheme began appearing in July 2008.

One instructed the recipient to contact a telephone number contained in the e-mail and the other claimed the recipient or a “loved one” was going to be kidnapped unless a ransom was paid. Recipients of the kidnapping threat were told to respond via e-mail within 48 hours. The sender was to provide the location of the wire transfer five minutes before the deadline and threatened bodily harm if the ransom was not received within 30 minutes of the time frame given. The recipients’ personally identifiable information (PII) was included in the e-mail to promote that appearance that the sender actually knew the recipient and their location.

In last years version a recipient of the emailed death threat responded to the scammer, telling the scammer to leave him alone, and the scammer wrote back and included personal details about the recipient, including his work address, his marital status, and his daughter’s name.

Version 09

This year several users of social networks have recivied the following message in their inbox:

“I felt very sorry and bad for you, that your life is going to end like this if you don’t comply, i was paid to eliminate you and I have to do it within 10 days.

Someone you call your 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 us that he wants you dead and he provided us your names, photograph and other necessary information we needed about you.

Meanwhile, I have sent my boys to track you down and they have carried out the necessary investigation needed for the operation, but I ordered them to stop for a while and not to strike immediately because I just felt something good and sympathetic about you. I decided to contact you first and know why somebody will want you dead by all means. Right now my men are monitoring you, their eyes are on you, and even the place you think is safer for you to hide might not be.

Now do you want to LIVE OR DIE? It is up to you. Get back to me now if you are ready to enter deal with me, I mean life trade, who knows, and I might just spear your life, $8,000 is all you need to spend. You will first of all pay $3,000 then I will send the tape of the person that want you dead to you and when the tape gets to you, you will pay the remaining $5,000. If you are not ready for my help, then I will have no choice but to carry on the assignment after all I have already being paid before now.

Warning: do not think of contacting the police or even tell anyone because I will extend it to any member of your family since you are aware that somebody want you dead, and the person knows some members of your family as well.

For your own good I will advise you not to go out once is 7pm until I make out time to see you and give you the tape of my discussion with the person who want you dead then you can use it to take any legal action. Good luck as I await your reply to this e-mail contact:( )

Mr.Jack Brown”

The easy way

While FBI and The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) seems to be unable to find and stop who ever is behind these scams, the site operators choose the easy way out; delete the users account.

One of this years victims notified the operators of http://www.mydailyflog.com about the incident, and got this message in response:

“Dear MyDailyFlog user, After reviewing your photos, we’ve found that some of them were not adhering to our Terms of Service, therefore it was deleted. Please note that if you break this rule, your account will be deleted forever. Kind Regards, The MyDailyFlog Team”

Problem solved!

Anyway – people who resive these treaths should not worry too much about it.

The scammer(s) are obviously not among the smartest people in the world:

People Doing Stupid Things: Spammer Makes Death Threat to Investigator


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