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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:47 PM
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RE: Death threat email. Who should I report this to
I received this email which is a pretty blatant extortion attempt.

I will ignore it, of course, but I feel like I should report it to somebody, I'm just not sure who.

---QUOTE---

from Hitman Sapp <hitman_sniper@ymail.com >
reply-to hitman_sniper@ymail.com
to
date Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 4:41 PM
subject URGENT REPLY!!!! DO OR DIE.......
signed-by ymail.com

4:41 PM (3 hours ago)

This is the only 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 see. 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 believe 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 first 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 $9,000. 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 $3,000 first, which will serve as guarantee that you are ready to co-operate, then I will post a copy of the video tape that contains his request for me to terminate you 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 $6,000 once you receive the tape.


Warning; do not contact the police, make sure you stay indoors once it is 7.30pm every day until this whole thing is sorted out, if you neglect any of these warnings, 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.

---end quote---

So to whom should I report this? I'm not stupid enough to fall for it, but it just might scare the shit out of someone stupid enough to believe it.
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secondwind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:49 PM
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1. Sheesh. Call the cops.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:51 PM
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2. +1 and your ISP. Take care. ni
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:54 PM
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6. Forwarded it to my local FBI office. nt
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:38 PM
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28. It has come to my attention that you posted this on the interrnet.
My offer is rescinded. Now you will pay, but only if you leave your house after 7:30PM.

Warmest Regards,
Hitman Sniper


:hide:







:rofl:
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:45 PM
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30. I got an email from a loan company
wanting my personal information before they could give me a loan. And when I replied I hadn't asked for a loan they gave me the email address and it was mine. Someone had hacked my gmail account(which I only had as a back up) I promptly canceled it. Well I couldn't get the loan company to give me an info so I called the police. They asked me to forward the email and they would take care of it. A day later they had ripped the loan company up one side and down the other and gotten the hacker. They told me not to worry it was taken care of. Didn't take them long.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:51 PM
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3. When I got a couple of emails like this, I forwarded them to
postmaster@sendersdomain.com
postmaster@mydomain.com

Never heard from them again.

:headbang:
rocktivity
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:15 PM
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16. Thanks for the tip. Remember
some of us can use a computer but, don't know squat about a lot of tech stuff.

I have a private computer expert. My son who has been making my pc's 'idiot friendly' for years. ;)
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corkhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:52 PM
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4. It's an email hoax...
Edited on Sat Oct-09-10 09:54 PM by corkhead
Turns out that someone didn't pay a hitman to kill us -- after all.

This morning, we received an e-mail at work titled, "Do or Die, Urgent Reply" from one "Hitman Sapp." Sapp wrote that he'd been following us for some time, and that he'd been paid by someone we knew to "terminate" us.

But he said if we paid him $15,000, he'd spare our life and give us video evidence that we could use to prosecute his "employer." He warned not to contact the police, or he would come after our family.


http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2010/08/as...

google is your friend...
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:54 PM
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8. DOH! Not sure why I didn't start with Snopes. :) nt
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:53 PM
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5. Send it to the FBI they have a forensic computer investigation unit


Their 'unlisted' building in San Diego is about 8 stories tall.
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Egnever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:54 PM
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7. I am surprised it doesnt have a phone number
In kenya or something like that.


Man these email scammers never stop trying do they?
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Just One Woman Donating Member (199 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:55 PM
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9. check the source of the email
Right click the email header while in your inbox or "view - source" from the menu. Then use your norton or mcafee to trace it. You can find out where it came from. But I agree with the previous post. call the cops
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:58 PM
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11. Source IP is in Nigeria. No surprise there. nt
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catchnrelease Donating Member (359 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:57 PM
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10. Cops at least
Doesn't sound like English is the first language of the writer. Lots of clumsy word usage in there. If this is extortion via email, isn't that something the feds investigate?
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 09:59 PM
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12. I can relate to your concern and my panic
This is one freaking crazy time. Being of the IBM Selectric generation although having a computer for the las 20 years I'm still a paranoid maniac.

Glad it's just a bullshit hoax.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:02 PM
Response to Reply #12
13. Turns out a friend of mine has his email hijacked
and everybody in his address book got the same message. I'm suddenly getting warnings from all my friends, who were also in his address book, that they got it too, and to just ignore it.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:13 PM
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15. I would probably just report it to my provider and
perharps local police.

I don't think I would just let it go. Let someone at least look at for 2 reasons, your friend had his account hijacked he should definately report that and just for some peace of mind - the local police.

Really, it's not a big deal as you've related but, it would drive me nuts. :(
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:19 PM
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18. Local police can't help.
I live in a small Oregon town of 900 with two part-time cops.
My friend with the hijacked email account lives in U.K.
Other friends who got the same email live all over the US, South America, Australia, and Europe.
The extortion email came from Nigeria.
That's not a local police matter, so I forwarded it to the closest FBI office.

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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:21 PM
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20. I see your point.
Local FBI seems to be the right place. If that happend to me I'd be in full blown freak out panic mode.

You handled it well.
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AzNick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:07 PM
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14. Bad hoad. Extortion attempt. Cops of course. nt
Cops will take it seriously.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:28 PM
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21. Maybe not in this particular case
see OP's reply #15.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:16 PM
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17. Um, the cops?
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:20 PM
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19. Bring it on mutha fucka!
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:29 PM
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22. hahaha....I would really write back and fuck with this person, but as others
have suggested on this thread you really should report this to the proper authorities..see where it goes

Someone could also be fucking with you, thinking this is a joke?

I wonder if the e-mail was from Nigeria?
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:31 PM
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23. This looks like a chain e-mail. I would let the FBI know. Check your
local telephone book.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:33 PM
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24. Nigerian 'hitman'?
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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:33 PM
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25. Good for a laugh. Real life doesn't work that way. (n/t)
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:36 PM
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26. Secret Service
I think they handle internet threats even besides the president.
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:36 PM
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27. over 2,000 hits on google for the phrase "this is the only way i could contact you for now, I want"
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the redcoat Donating Member (510 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:41 PM
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29. Everyone knows that real hitmen have email addresses with "hitman" and "sniper."
Hitmen also know that the best way to cover your tracks is to send an email.
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chatnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 10:55 PM
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31. lol Too true
:rofl:
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KingFlorez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 11:02 PM
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32. Scammer
Just report it to your email provider.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 11:08 PM
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33. Obvious bullshit - call the cops. nt
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tkmorris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-09-10 11:13 PM
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34. "hitman_sniper@ymail.com "
That's some funny shit right there, I don't care who you are.

Oh and "make sure you stay indoors once it is 7.30pm every day until this whole thing is sorted out". Because everyone knows hitmen strike only after 7:30 PM. And they are unable to open doors. Guild rules.

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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-10-10 12:15 AM
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35. If it was from PAL4GOVNY I would worry
then try and figure out what you did to anger Carl Paladino all the way over in NY! Otherwise, just the usual phishing expedition.
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