There is a new twist to the IC3 Alert posted on December 7, 2006 regarding e-mails claiming that the sender has been paid to kill the recipient and will cancel the contract on the recipient's life if the recipient pays a large sum of money. Now e-mails are surfacing which claim to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in London. These e-mails note the following information:
It is not uncommon for an Internet fraud scheme to have the same overall intent but be transmitted containing variations in the e-mail content, e.g., different names, e-mail addresses, and/or agencies reportedly involved.
Please note, providing any personal information in response to an unsolicited e-mail can compromise your identity and open you to identity theft.
If you have experienced this situation please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.IC3.gov.
Due to the threat of violence inherent in these extortion e-mails, if an individual receives an e-mail that contains personally identifiable information that might differentiate their e-mail from the general e-mail spam campaign, the IC3 encourages the recipient of the e-mail to contact the police.