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Naples PD issue email scam warning

FOX 4 Staff

Naples PD issue email scam warning

CREATED Jan. 24, 2013

NAPLES, Fla. - The Naples Police Department issued a warning about a hoax "hit man scam" email that is making the rounds.  So far three residents have reported receiving the phony email.

The email is sent from someone who claims to have been paid to kill the recipient.  The supposed killer then offers to spare the recipient's life in exchange for money.

The scam that has been circulating on the Internet since 2007, is intended to scare recipients into sending the money.

Police advise that recipients should not reply.  In addition, soliciting your cash, the perpetrators hope to persuade you to share personal data so they can steal your identity.

Below is a sample "hit man scam" email:

"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 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.  Do you really need your life?"