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