CALGARY- “I PITY YOUR LIFE, YOU BETTER READ THIS!!!”
That’s the ominous subject line in an e-mail a number of people have gotten, as part of what’s called the ‘Hitman Scam.’
Calgarian Shonna White says her mother received one, and while it wasn’t addressed to her personally it was concerning.
“Just having the potential that maybe somebody does know her, or maybe somebody does know where she’s living,” White says.
“It’s a really frightening e-mail.”
The sender claimed to have necessary information to track her down, and demanded $7,000 to save her life.
“My duty as I am mailing you now is just to kill you, and I have to do it as I have already been paid for that,” it reads. “Now do you want to live or die? As somebody has paid us to kill you. Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your life.”
Internet security experts say the e-mail is simply a hoax sent out randomly, which has been circulating since 2006.
“Don’t take them personally,” suggests Kathy MacDonald. “These things circulate for years and years and years, and they’re not meant for a particular person. They’re just hoping that somebody will respond.”
Those who do receive similar e-mails should not reply, as that could result in additional harassment. If you alert your internet service provider about the e-mail address it came from, they will forward it on to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.