Of all the scams online, this is by far the scariest.
This one has only been brought to my attention recently, and I have never been exposed to it myself, but after doing some research, I have discovered that it is in fact quite common.
People trying to scam others for money, are generally pathetic human beings, but this is as low as it gets.
Also known as “The Hitman Extortion Attempt”, it is basically an attempt from cyber criminals, to get hold of your money, by sending an email wherein they threaten to kidnap, kill or in other ways harm you or someone close to you.
The MO in the Hitman Scam, is different to the others, in the way that the usual scams, offer you some sort of (fake) reward if you take action, it’s your choice. This one however, tries to force you into taking action, using scare tactics.
Receiving a threat like this, can be absolutely terrifying, and cause serious psychological trauma’s, such as extreme paranoia.
Be careful with what you share online!!
The messages can seem very realistic, as they contain a lot of information about you, and your life. Information that they have gathered from various social media. (Another reason why you should always be careful with what you share online.)
In my opinion, receiving threats like these, is such a serious matter that it should always be reported to the police, FBI, or whatever authority that handles matters of this sort.
The thought of someone hiding in the shadows, with evil intent, is enough to drive anyone crazy.
In conclusion, DON’T share your details with these criminals, call the authorities, and do NOT expose too much about yourself on the internet! It can easily be taken advantage of, by people looking for a way to get your money.
If you, or anyone you know, has been exposed to The Hitman Scam, or anything like it, please leave me a comment.
Thank you for reading, and stay safe out there.
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