The FBI is warning people not to be disturbed by an e-mail scam that threatens your life and orders you to pay up to avoid being the target of a hired hit man.
The FBI said its Internet Crime Complaint Center continues to receive thousands of reports concerning the hit man e-mail scheme. The FBI notes that while the content of the missive has evolved since similar hit man scams first surfaced in late 2006, the message remains the same, claiming the sender has been hired to kill the recipient.
In some cases, the use of names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of government officials and business executives, and/or the victims' personal information are used in an attempt to make the fraud appear more authentic, the FBI said.
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Brian Krebs on Computer Security. The Washington Post Company.