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'Targeted for Assassination' Advance Fee Scam

Outline
Email claiming to be from a concerned "Event Photographer" warns that the recipient has been targeted for assassination. The recipient is urged to contact the Event Photographer to procure photographs and information about the assassins that can be handed to police.



Brief Analysis
The claim that the recipient has been targeted for assassination is nonsense. The supposed "Event Photographer" is in fact an online scammer intent on tricking recipients into sending money and personal information.

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Detailed analysis and references below example.





Last updated: 9th March 2012
First published: 9th March 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: Confirm Message / From Karen

Unidentified persons has been monitoring and tracing you for the past few days, you have been targeted for killing / Assassination .

You may have been mistaken for someone else or something is wrong somewhere . I got photograph and few information about them .

If you are in doubt, Check it Out! the photographs are with me .Do not share this information with anyone yet ,until you hand over the photographs and information to Police to track down suspects involved .

To stay safe, you need to pick the photographs from me and send it to Police . your feedback is very important for safety delivery of the photographs and information to you .You can have me contacted also on this email [email protected] At this time no calls .

Regards,
Event Photographer
Mrs Karen.




Detailed Analysis
This "warning" message informs the recipient that he or she has been targeted for assassination, but also gives the would-be target a way of escaping this terrible fate. Supposedly, the warning was sent by a concerned Event Photographer who has found out about the impending assassination and is intent on helping the recipient avoid being killed. The message claims that the sender has managed to take photographs of the assassins and gather other information about them that the target could hand over to the police thereby thwarting the dastardly plot.

But, of course, the claims in the message are nonsense. The hapless recipient has not been targeted for assassination. The Event Photographer does not possess photos of or information about these supposed assassins. In fact, the "helpful" sender is nothing more than a grubby little scammer intent on stealing money and personal information. Those who fall for the ruse, and reply to "Mrs Karen" to arrange delivery of the images and information will soon be asked to send money to cover expenses such as postage and delivery. Or as "reasonable payment" for the "life saving" information and images. Requests for further fees are likely to continue until the victim runs out of money or finally realizes that he or she is being conned. The scammer may also ask the victim to provide personal and financial information that might later be used to steal his or her identity.

This rather lame scam attempt is akin to a number of other such hitman scams, although other versions generally claim to be from the assassins themselves. The scammers randomly send out many thousands of identical messages in the hope that at least a few, more wide eyed, recipients will be panicked enough to reply.

If one of these silly scam emails comes your way, the best course of action is to simply delete it.

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Pay Up or I'll Kill You Scam Email
Hitman Payoff Scam Email

Last updated: 9th March 2012
First published: 9th March 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer