02-23-2008, 03:17 PM #1
SD - Email "Killer" Duping People Into Paying To Save Their Lives
PIERRE, S.D. An e-mail scam involving "hired killers" is making the rounds, according to Attorney General Larry Long.
"The Consumer Protection Division and the Division of Criminal Investigation has received several complaints about this particular e-mail over the past week," Long said in a release. "This latest e-mail is a straightforward attempt by con artists to exploit individuals with fear."
The message, which warns against contacting the police, claims to be a threat by a hired killer. It says the "victim" can stop his or her own murder by wiring a specified amount of money to the sender.
Long said people should not respond to the e-mail. He said anyone worried about suspicious e-mails can contact the FBI or forward the e-mails to the state's consumer protection division.
The attorney general's office says two other scams have surfaced in e-mail and on lookalike Internal Revenue Service Web sites.
One notifies people by e-mail that their tax return will be audited or that they are eligible for a refund. It ask people to click on a link, which then sends them to a site that looks like the IRS Web site, but is not.
02-23-2008, 03:36 PM #2
We had this in our local news to. Some peopel where I live had it happen. At first they thought it was funny but then got worried and called the police.
02-23-2008, 04:24 PM #3
My sister just got duped by someone she met online from a dating service. Scary stuff.
02-23-2008, 05:14 PM #4Inactive
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