E-mail Scam Informative - If Received, DO NOT DELETE...Contact Police!

Review by D. on 2008-03-12
E-Mail Death Threat Scam

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008, 5:57 PM EDT

A local elementary school teacher and a businessman get death threats on their computers.

"I went to check my e-mail and I only had three draw up and I saw one said, 'Be more careful'." Those three words peeked Hysen Selman's curiosity. The Mansfield business owner opened the e-mail, only to discover it was a death threat, saying, "Some friends want you dead".

Hysen is one of three people in Mansfield to get similar threats. Nancy Fox, a teacher, received the e-mail advising her to pay $15,000, or she would be killed.

Mansfield Police Detective Darrin Remaley, showed FOX 8 the e-mails. He says the first paragraph is identical in all three e-mails, "The first paragraph goes, 'I am very sorry for you. It is a pity that this is how your life is going to end as soon as you don't comply'."

Mansfield police say what the so-called hitman wants is money. In Hysen's case, $25,000 in exchange for his life.

The e-mail reads: "Someone you call a 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 me that he wanted you dead and he provided us with your name, picture and other necessary information we needed about you. So I sent my boys to track you down and they have carried out the necessary investigation needed for the operation on you".

The e-mail goes on, demanding money, "Now do you want to LIVE OR DIE? As someone has paid us to kill you. Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your life, $25,000 is all you need to spend".

Investigators say don't be fooled. It's actually another e-mail scheme.

"This is the first time I've seen this and it's just a new twist", explained Det. Remaley, who subpoenaed the e-mail account of the self proclaimed hitman and discovered he's not from the United States. "And then I ran a trace on the address and it came back out of Victoria Island, Nigeria".

If you receive one of these e-mails, know it's a fake. Hysen, who runs the Wagon Wheel Tavern, says he suspected something from the start.

"I've been in business 45 years and nothing shocks me anymore".

Investigators say if you get one of these e-mails do not delete it, contact police and allow authorities to investigate.
Comments:26 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-04-13
Posted by D. on 2008-03-12:
Makes you wonder what scam they will come up with next!
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-03-13:
this has been around my city for weeks. it is just onew more of those scam phifing emails. as said, if you receive one, contact your isp and local police.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-13:
These emails have been around since early last year. They've been traced to Nigeria and in one instance Eastern Europe. Just delete it.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-03-13:
That is scary. I haven't heard of this one, but DB if you don't mind I would like to copy and paste this to send to my family and friends. Scam or not it would probably scare the poop out of someone who thinks that someone is stalking them and actually trying to kill them. Thank you for posting this.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-13:
Mansfield where, DB?
Posted by D. on 2008-03-13:
Mansfield is in Ohio.
Princi...that is why I posted this, so people can warn others...no problem with you sending it off.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-13:
Basher if you don't send me $4.26 US I'm going to instruct my crazy voodoo lady to inflict you with foot warts. You got 2 days.

Warmest Regards
Posted by sarahnkrystal on 2008-03-13:
My friend got one of these.
Posted by D. on 2008-03-13:
Sara...the police is asking that they be notified of this email...if your friend still has it, have them report it.
Posted by D. on 2008-03-13:
Stewie...the check is in the mail!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-13:
VH! thanks for the heads up!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-13:
Thanks for the heads up and letting everyone know DB. "Some friends want you dead", LOL, sounds like something "one" of our members would have sent. (VH info)
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2008-03-13:
I saw this on the news the other day. I have 5 kids to worry about and this is scary to think about. I just hope I never get an email like this, I have enough here to worry about.
Posted by dimplepie on 2008-03-13:
Wow, I'm in Dayton, OH. I will be sure to send this to people I know. On the other hand, if I get an e-mail like this, I'm going to put on my super moo-moo and tackle that obstacle! I will stuff so many big-macs in my face that my eyeglasses will get pushed crooked! Then of course, I will contact my local police department and notify them what happened.
Posted by D. on 2008-03-13:
Posted by PleasedAsPunch on 2008-03-18:
OMG!! I wish I had found this post earlier! I spent all last Monday evening at the police station just to find out it was a spam mail from Nigeria and "not to worry" when I had already worried all day. Told the kids to lock the doors, went without dinner (not that that was such a great loss, but... ) I was unnerved all day... Glad to know I'm not the only one that got this.
Posted by D. on 2008-03-21:
Pleased...you did the right thing by reporting it to the police. It would put a real scare into someone who is not aware that it is a scam...especially if they have any kids.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-21:
Not for the weak at heart...but fun. Reply to the e-mail as follows:

"Yes, I have been aware of your 'boys' and the 'operation' which you detailed...one week before you contacted me. As a result, in coordination with your government, I must inform you that a similar 'operation' is heading in your direction."

That oughta have 'em peering nervously from their mud hut for a while.
Posted by S. on 2008-03-21:
Our local PD had an article in the weekly 'blab' last fall about this. But it doesn't hurt to reinforce it.
Posted by FCO on 2008-03-21:
If i believed all of the emails I have gotten, saying I had wond some lottery that I never entered and followed the fake link to investigate that there was a problem with one of my accounts, etc, eith the lotteries alone, someone would be laughing themselves to death that I fill for it. As far as emails saying there is a problem with my accounts, I hold my cursor over the link and 99% of the time it wont take you really want to go, that is why, when I get one of those emails, I always personally type in the address, that way I know for sure, I am actually going to the website. 99.9% of the companies will never contact you via email, if there is a problem with your account, they will contact you by phone and then talk to you in person. With a majority of the "junk" emails, if you use some common sense, you will save a lot of headache. If I ge an email from someone I don't know, and it has a weird message in the subject, I do not open it, I send it straight to spam. A lot of spam companies have several email addresses, one they use to send to people to see if it is an active account, once you open it, they know it is an active then even if you add it to spam, it is too late, their junk email account won't be used for you, they will use one of their other accounts and start spamming you.
Posted by anuska on 2008-03-22:
just plain scary!!!!!
Posted by doodle10 on 2008-03-25:
What some will do to NOT get a job and make their own money!! Suprised they didn't track this one back to New Orleans all being masterminded from a fema trailer.....LOL
Posted by melissa on 2010-04-13:
thank's for posting this....i wanted to make extra cash to take care of my children,[being a single mother and all] and got scammed when i recieved a check in the mail and found out it was a BIG FAT SCAM! one of my children is in and out of the hospital and very ill. what a disappointment to find out that this money wasnt for real.was using it for assignments and told at the bank it wasnt for real.
Posted by melissa on 2010-04-13:
this is scary, dont know what to do have to pay so much back to bank...they are being very nice about the whole thing...they said there are alot of checks floating around....so PLEASE do your homework and be very careful. i thought i did everything to earn extra cash and make a little more for my family. now im paying for it..litterally! the bank is being very supportive and nice about the whole thing. but still mad that these people pray on ppl. like me who need that extra income and use us! is there anything i can do? any advice would be appreciated.ty
Posted by melissa on 2010-04-13:
Posted by Pepper on 2010-04-13:
that's a new one.

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