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Re: I received a rather frightening email this morning

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Re: I received a rather frightening email this morning

@Stray  If you click on this sitehttp://antifraudintl.org/threads/hassan-el-shad.104769/ you will see almost word for word the same email I got that someone else was discussing in April of this year. I now feel confident that it is a scam and nothing more. Hopefully others receiving it will feel the same way.

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Re: I received a rather frightening email this morning

you do need to notify the authorities...

you can have a plains clothes detective meet you. 

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@SeaMaiden wrote:

@Stray  If you click on this sitehttp://antifraudintl.org/threads/hassan-el-shad.104769/ you will see almost word for word the same email I got that someone else was discussing in April of this year. I now feel confident that it is a scam and nothing more. Hopefully others receiving it will feel the same way.


@SeaMaiden- I am sure it is a scam but some of these scams infect your computer and lock it once you open the link.  You should report all internet scams because they may be able to apprehend the originators and maybe prevent some person from sending money or damaging their computers. Below is the address and to the right is the appropriate email address.  

 

https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety

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          @SeaMaiden,  This is a well-known scam called the "Hitman Scam," "Hitman E-mails," etc. and has been around for years.   The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center gets thousands of reports of them every year.    The messages vary, but I found one on the Anti-Fraud International website that sounds like the one you received :

 

http://antifraudintl.org/threads/hassan-el-shad.104769/

 

          It really is just typical spam, and as @KathyPet said it's best to never even open something with a subject line like that.   Also, normally these would be caught by the spam filter, so you might want to look at your settings so this sort of spam goes directly to junk instead of your "In box."

 

 


 

          I'll repeat this information since I think some posters missed it.   The online forms aren't very helpful for authorities, other than knowing the scams are still active, because they need the message itself.   A copy/paste of the message isn't sufficient.   The only way spam can be reported in a useful way for possible tracking and investigation is if the recipient sends a complete copy of the message including full header details -- otherwise it's impossible to know the source.    And these days, some software is pretty sophisticated so even the header info isn't accurate.    But if you want to report, these are the addresses:

 

phishing-report@us-cert.gov

 

reportphishing@apwg.org

 

 

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@Stray  I trashed the email... so I do not have it. 

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@SeaMaiden- I get a lot of scams from people using my bank's name and tho I know it is a scam, I just made a habit as sending them on.  I think some people might be fooled by them and i would like to see these devious people imprisoned. 

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Stray wrote:

@SeaMaiden- I get a lot of scams from people using my bank's name and tho I know it is a scam, I just made a habit as sending them on.  I think some people might be fooled by them and i would like to see these devious people imprisoned. 


 

          @Stray,  I know how you feel.    The problem is,  just like the robocalls scrolling through all the phone numbers, the people sending these things are usually located in countries other than the U.S.A.   They're nearly impossible to locate.   And even if they're found, our government can't do much to prosecute them.

 

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Just don't open future ones. Put it in spam. No need to contact anyone.

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Re: I received a rather frightening email this morning

O/P sorry, that you are going though this ...People in cyberspace should get a life and not annoy and scare people this way. Woman Mad