From a press release:
Internet Scammers Stoop to New Low
Yesterday evening, the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was contacted by a southern Indiana resident saying she had received a death threat over the internet on her email. The email threat basically stated that he/she was an assassin and someone had paid him/her to kill the person receiving the email. The assassin in the email goes on to say that there is a way to get out of getting killed. The assassin says in the email to send him/her $15,000.00 and he/she will spare their life. The email goes on to say not to contact the police or let anyone else know what is going on.
The Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was contacted again this morning by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department stating they had received a complaint of the same email to another person.
Our investigation of these email threats show us that the vast majority of all these emails are a form of what is referred to as a "Nigerian Internet Email Scam" The Indiana State Police is advising people to never send money, give out banking information, or any other personal information over the internet unless you know the person or company you are dealing with.
The Indiana State Police also want people to understand that if they have a threat against them that they feel is legitimate they should contact their local State Police Post so an investigation can be initiated.
All internet scams should be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center which is operated by the F.B.I. and the National White Collar Crime Center for email
scams at http://ic3.gov/.