July 22, 2010 - The newest e-mail scam to be seen by this Department now involves threats and extortion. An unknown sender tells you that he has been hired to "terminate" you. He's been following you and now thinks you're not so bad and he'll gladly reconsider if you pay him some money ($10,000 in the e-mail we received). This has actually been circulating since December of 2006 and, to anyone's knowledge, no one has actually been "hit."
Please remember that these are SCAMS. This person has sent this e-mail to dozens, even hundred of people, hoping to get one person to believe it. Your e-mail address is not a secret and could be obtained from a variety of different places. Do not reply to the e-mail; DELETE IT. If you have serious concerns for your safety, especially if the sender has included PERSONAL information about you, please contact your police department for some guidance.
Here is a copy of the e-mail text:
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 05:34:41 -0400
This is the only way I could contact you for now,I want you to be very careful about this and keep this secret with you until I make out space for us to see. You have no need of knowing who I am or where I am from.I know this may sound very surprising to you but it’s the situation.I have been paid some ransom in advance to terminate you with some reasons listed to me by my employer. It’s someone I believe you call a friend, I have followed you closely for a while now and have seen that you are innocent of the accusations he leveled against you. Do not contact the police or try to send a copy of this to them,because if you do, I will know,and I might be pushed to do what I have been paid to do.Besides, this is the first time I turn out to be a betrayer in my job. I took pity on you,that is why I have made up my mind to help you if you are willing to help yourself.
Now listen,I will arrange for us to see face to face,but before that, I need $10,000. I will come to your home or you determine where you wish we meet; I repeat, do not arrange for the cops and if you play hard to get, it will be extended to your family. Do not set any camera to cover us or set up any tape to record our conversation, my employer is in my control now. Payment details will be provided for you to make a part payment of $5,000 first,which will serve as guarantee that you are ready to you co-operate,then i will post a copy of the video tape that contains his request for me to terminate you which will be enough evidence for you to take any legal action against him before he employs another person for the job. You will pay the balance of $5,000 once you receive the tape.
Warning; do not contact the police, make sure you stay indoors once it is 7.30pm until this whole thing is sorted out,if you neglect any of these warnings, you will have yourself to blame. You do not have much time, so get back to me immediately.
Note:I will advise you keep this to yourself alone, not even a friend or a family member should know about it because it could be one of them.