Do I report life-threatening spam?
June 28, 2007 9:00 AM Subscribe
A sick twist on scam e-mails. Is it worthwhile to do anything about this threatening, extorting e-mail? Has anyone else gotten anything like this?
posted by The Deej to Computers & Internet (22 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So, I just got this email. It was obviously blind-copied to untold thousands of people, since the 'to' address is not mine. I have gotten plenty of Nigerian scam e-mails, but have never seen this one. Obviously, I am not concerned that the "threat" is real, but it seems to me that it may still be illegal.
Here is the entire e-mail. Sorry if the formatting turns out funky, I just copied and pasted.
from DEE CEE 9:37 am (4 minutes ago)
date Jun 28, 2007 9:37 AM
subject get back to me immediately
This is the omly way I could contact you for now,I want you to be very
careful about this and keep this secret with you until I make out space
for us to se. You have no need of knowing who I am or where I am
from.I know this may sound very surprising to you but it's the situation.I
have been paid some ransom in advance to terminate you with some reasons listed to me by my employer.It's someone I beleive you call a friend, I have followed you closely for a while now and have seen that you are innocent of the accusations he leveled against you.Do not contact the police or try to send a copy of this to them,because if you do, I will know,and I might be pushed to do what I have been paid to do.Besides, this is the ist time I turn out to be a betrayer in my job.I took pity on you,that is why I have made up my mind to help you if you are willing to help yourself.
Now listen,I will arrange for us to see face to face,but before that, I
need $8000. I will come to your home or you determine where you wish
we meet;I repeat, do not arrange for the cops and if you play hard to
get, it will be extended to your family.Do not set any camera to cover us
or set up any tape to record our conversation, my employer is in my
control now. Payment details will be provided for you to make a part
payment of $4000 first,which will serve as gurantee that you are ready to you
co-orperate,then one of my boys will deliver a copy of the video tape to
that contains his request for me to terminate you(I tape recorded our
conversation),which will be enough evidence for you to take any legal
action against him before he employs another person for the job. You
will pay the balance of $4000 once you receive the tape.
Warning; do not contact the police, make sure you stay indoors once it
is 7.30pm until this whole thing is sorted out,if you neglect any of
these warnimgs, you will have yourself to blame. You do not have much time, so get back to me immediately
Note:I will advise you keep this to yourself alone, not even a friend
or a family member should know about it because it could be one of them.
I Googled a few phrases from the e-mail, and nothing came up, so it's probably a new one. The reply-to server, sify.com, is an "Indian News Portal" site.
I am pretty pissed off that someone thinks they can send something like this, and pissed that people may fall for it. I've been around the Internet block a few times, and have never seen anything quite like this. Oh, and it made it really special to get this on my birthday.
So... anyone else seen this? Is it worth reporting to law enforcement? Or is that just a waste of time? And if it's one of YOU that has a hit out on me, you will be sooooo banned from MeFi!