The hitman scam was a real talking point a couple of years ago but the hype around it quietened very quickly.
I thought it had been all but forgotten about until recently when I saw mention of it on Twitter a few times.
So, here it is again –
Subject: Happy Summer Holidays to you and stay alive………..
I Want you to read this message very carefully, and keep the secret with you till further notice, You have no need of knowing who i am, where am from,till i make out a space for us to see, i have being paid $225, 000.00 in advance to terminate you with some reasons listed to me by my employer,its one i believe you call a friend and a Home Builder you do business everyday with,i have followed you closely for one week and tree days now and have seen that you are innocent of the accusetion,Do not contact the police or try to send a copy of this to them, because if you do i will know, and might be pushed to do what i have being paid to do,beside this the first time i turned out to be a betrayer in my job.
Now listen,i will arrange for us to see face to face but before that i need the amount of $225,000.00,you have nothing to be afraid of,i will come to your office or home, so determine when you wish we meet,do not set any camera to cover us or set up any tape to record our conversation,my employer is in my control now,$50, 000.00 will be paid to the account i will provide for you,after our conversation,i will give you the tape that contains his request for me to terminate you, which will be enough evidence for you to take him to court(if you wish to), then the balance will be paid.
You don’t need my phone contact for now till am assured you are ready to comply good.
NOTE:I have you whole details.
It seems the scammer is asking for a larger total to call off the hit this time but he’s dropped the up front payment from $80000 to $50000.
This particular email was sent in some time ago by a reader who wished to remain anonymous.
I’d like to point out once again that, whilst a death threat should be taken seriously, these anonymous emails are almost definitely a scam.
There’s nothing in there which identifies you, where you live or where you work.
It’s also got lousy spelling which is indicative of scammers, especially the ones from the African nations, though that is far from conclusive.