If you are a family member of a missing person, please be aware that there is a new scam aimed at families of missing persons via email.
The scammer will email you and claim that he/she has information about your missing loved one. If you send them an email to ask for more information, you will get a response asking for money, generally $10,000.
THIS IS NOT REAL. THIS PERSON DOES NOT KNOW THE WHEREABOUTS OF YOUR MISSING LOVED ONE. IT IS A SCAM.
Below is a sample of a letter sent to a family member after they responded to this person. I removed the missing person's name and added "X".
X is being held against his will in a remote area of the city.
I know the kidnappers address and the exact location on the property were they are holding X and few other people captive.
I will only give you the address and the exact location on the property were he is being held if you can pay $20,000 dollars only.You will pay $10,000 dollars in advance and pay up the balance amount of $10,000 dollars when i give you the address and he is rescued.
For security reasons i want to remain anonymous so please don't inform the police or anybody about my communication with you until i give you the exact location of were he is being held.If you inform the police or anybody about my communication with you now you wont hear from me again and i wont give you the information you need.
Awaiting your reply
What should you do if you get one of these emails?
1) You can simpy choose to delete it.
2) You can report it to your local FBI office http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm
3) You can forward this email with full headers attached to firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Contact your ISP and the ISP of the scammer. http://spam.getnetwise.org/action/isp
Sites to aid in understanding:
How to add headers: http://spam.getnetwise.org/action/header/
Protect yourself from SPAM/SCAMS: http://spam.getnetwise.org/tips/
This is one of many reasons why Project Jason recommends that families of the missing not publish contact information openly on the internet.
If anyone has instructions on how to get header info on other types of email, such as Yahoo, GMail, Hotmail, etc, please feel free to add that here.
Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
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