Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/22/419_menaces/
419ers crank up the menaces
'Your friend has paid us to kill you...'
You know how it is - things are a bit quiet in the internet cafes of Lagos, people have sussed MARIAM ABACHA doesn't really have $30,000,000 (THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS) in gold bullion looted from Saddam Hussein's personal vault, and so it looks like it's time to up the email scam ante.
Well, what about trying a line of attack with added menaces? Read on:
From: Mr. Jacks H. Killer. <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, 12 July, 2008 6:35:17 AM
Subject: YOUR FRIEND HAS PAID US TO KILL YOU BY ALL MEANS
I felt very sorry and bad for you, that your life is going to end like this if you don't comply, i was paid to eliminate you and I have to do it within10 days.Someone you call your friend wants you dead by all means, and the person have spent a lot of money on this, the person also came to us and told us that he wants you dead and he provided us your names, photograph and other necessary information we needed about you. If you are in doubt with this I will send you to death.
Meanwhile, I have sent my boys to track you down and they have carried out the necessary investigation needed for the operation, but I ordered them to stop for a while and not to strike immediately because I just felt something good and sympathetic about you. I decided to contact you first and know why somebody will want you dead by all means. Right now my men are monitoring you, their eyes are on you, and even the place you think is safer for you to hide might not be. Now do you want to LIVE OR DIE? It is up to you. Get back to me now if you are ready to enter deal with me, I mean life trade, who knows, and I might just spear your life, $9,000 usd is all you need to spend. You will first of all pay $3,000 usd then I will send the tape of the person that want you dead to you and when the tape gets to you, you will pay the remaining $6,000 usd. If you are not ready for my help, then I will have no choice but to carry on the assignment after all I have already being paid before now.
Warning: do not think of contacting the police or even tell anyone because I will extend it to any member of your family since you are aware that somebody want you dead, and the person knows all members of your family as well. For your own good I will advise you not to go out once is 7pm until I make out time to see you and give you the tape of my discussion with the person who want you dead then you can use it to take any legal action.
Good luck as I await your urgent respond.
Reply with this mail firstname.lastname@example.org
contact Mr. Jacks H. Killer with below information
Mr. Jacks H. Killer.
Of course, regular readers will recall that the Lads from Lagos have tried this approach before, back in 2004 when a member of the splendidly-titled INTERNATIONAL ASSASINATORS AND WORLD SECURITY ORGANISATIONS was throwing its weight around.
In that case, the intended victim was marked for the chop "by someone you offended sometime ago". This caused a bit of a kerfuffle down here at Vulture Central since our list of possible offendees ran to hundreds, if not thousands of names. ®