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Threat and Extortion Email Scams

I'm not even sure what to call this one. I can think of one word to describe it though - sick. I know quite a few people who have already seen this attempt at a scam come through their e-mail inboxes, and it's a new one that I hadn't seen before so I thought I would give you a heads up.

I have seen a few different versions, but basically the e-mail tells you that someone has paid to have you killed. In other emails the person will claim they have been paid to kidnap a member of your family. However, lucky you, the "hit man" has taken pity on you and is willing to spare your life (or that of a family member) if you give them some money. They may also try to get you to "confirm" your personal information to prove you are really you. They will use this information to steal your identity, of course. Sometimes they will say they have a copy of their conversation with whomever hired them. Naturally, you are ordered to not contact the police.

If you receive an e-mail like I have described, I encourage you to report it immediately. You can also forward it to me - sarah@homejobsformom.com - so that I can take a screenshot of it for other people to look at. Visit FBI.gov and scroll down a bit until you reach the section titled "NEW TWIST CONCERNING THREAT AND EXTORTION E-MAILS". They also give the link to IC3 so that you may report it to them. Please tell your friends about this email scam!

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