The IC3 released a statement alerting consumers of a returning email scheme. They agency states they continue to receive thousands of reports concerning the hit man e-mail scheme: individuals receive emails claiming the sender has been hired to kill the recipient. In one, the recipient is instructed the recipient to call a phone number contained in an e-mail. The other claims the recipient or a “loved one” would be kidnapped unless a ransom was paid.
Recipients of the kidnapping threat were told to respond via e-mail within 48 hours. The sender was to provide the location of the wire transfer five minutes before the deadline and threatened bodily harm if the ransom was not received within 30 minutes of the time frame given. The recipients’ personally identifiable information (PII) was included in the e-mail to promote the appearance that the sender actually knew the recipient and their location.
For more information on this story, view the IC3 press release.
The BBB reminds consumers to be careful of emails coming from unknown sources. IC# adds always need to be alert to unsolicited e-mails. Do not open unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded links, as they may contain viruses or malware. Providing your PII will compromise your identity! If you have received such emails, contact IC3 to file a complaint.