A New Email Phishing Scam: Extortion and Death Threat Edition

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English: Depicting phishing of information from a computer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A firm colleague of mine recently received this nasty email which is a new variation on the Nigerian email scam. While most readers likely receive a number of phishing and spearphishing emails, this one signals a blunt, extortionate approach to internet phishing:

—–Original Message—–

From: Randy L. Cheng [mailto:rndlcheng@gmail.com]

Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2012 2:26 AM

To: undisclosed-recipients:

Subject: Your Life is at Stake

To your attention

I want you to read this message very carefully and that you keep the secret until further notice. You do not need to know who I am or where I come from. I was paid an advance of $30,000 to eliminate you. My sponsors one of which is what we can call an ex-convict that was convicted by your firm long ago gave me the reasons I noted. I am more than ten days and now I know that you are innocent of what you are accused because he was guilty of what he was convicted for by your firm. Do not try to warn or send this message to the FBI or the police because I know that I’ll have to do the job for which I was paid. Note that this is the first time that I betrayed my employer.

Look, I’ll do everything I can so that we can meet before but I need $15,000. You have nothing to be afraid of me, I can come see you in your office or home, it is up to you to decide. Never attempt recording or filming our upcoming meeting. you will pay $10,000 to the account I will tell you, this before our first meeting. Once payment is made, I will give you the file that contains the names and queries sponsors. This is a good evidence that can be used to sue if you wish.

The balance of the payment will be settled later.

For the moment this is not the trouble I give you my phone number because you will cooperate. I have your picture and other important information about you. I was involved with my team in the Yemen Arab Republic. You must not ask me any questions.

Quickly confirm for your good.

Affar Williams

While it reeks of desperation; is replete with grammatical, spelling and syntax errors; and uses a spoof email address, it is nonetheless disturbing.

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