Contract Killer Scam

Experts at SophosLabsâ„¢, Sophos’s spam analysis centers, have warned of a spam email that pretends to come from a professional hitman, hired to kill the recipient, but are really interested in stealing money.The emails claim that the recipient has been stalked by a hired assassin for 10 days, but that the hitman is prepared to drop the contract if he is paid a total of $80,000. Upon receiving an initial advance payment of $20,000 the hitman claims that he will produce taped evidence of the contract to kill the reader of the email.

Part of the email, which start with a cheery greeting of “Good day” and can have a subject line of “Read this to be safe and a new life in this new year”, reads:

Do not contact the police or F.B.I. 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 is the first time I turned out to be a betrayer in my job.

According to Sophos experts, once a victim has been drawn into the scam, requests can be made from the fraudster for private information which may lead to requests for money, stolen identities, and financial theft.

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