Terrifying 'hitman' scams threaten victims' lives for ransom
YOU get an email from a stranger who claims they have been hired to kill you.
It's the email scam that police have warned is on the rise in Queensland, with scammers making terrifying threats to frighten victims into handing over money.
"The sender claims to be a hitman hired by someone you know,” a Queensland Police Service spokesman said in a statement.
"The only way to save your life is by sending sums of money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.”
The sender claims to be watching the victim and warns against contacting the police or informing family members.
Police have urged anyone who receives a 'hitman' email to remain calm, re-read the email and search for any clues the sender actually knows anything about the victim, including:
- Being addressed by name
- Mentioning a location you frequent as one of the places they've followed the victim
- Knowing the victim's address or phone number
- Knowing the victim's place of business
- Mentioning any family members by name
Police have advised anyone who receives a 'hitman' or any other kind of extortion email to:
- Delete the email immediately. These messages are sent at random, so they won't know if they have reached a live email address or number unless you respond.
- Do not respond to these emails. If you do, the scammers will escalate their intimidation and attempts to get your money.
- Never send details or personal information to anyone you don't know or trust.
- If you are concerned for your safety, contact the police immediately.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24 hours a day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours a day.