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 FBI investigate online 'hitman' scams

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Ogotai
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Joined: 01 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The FBI has received more than 100 complaints about the so-called "hitman scam" from across the country. Typically, the cyber shakedown seeks anywhere from $30,000 to $80,000.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/06/18/lothian.cybercrime/index.html
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williamnorris
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Joined: 04 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

If I fell off my chair every time I got a hitman scam I would have some serious problems.

What most amused me was this:
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In McGlothin's case, the e-mail instilled fear in him, even though he suspected it was a hoax. For a few days, the usually calm and confident legal secretary kept looking over his shoulders. And while he mostly brushed off the warning to always be home by 7 p.m., one night he got a real scare.

"I was home at about 7:15, the doorbell rang and I almost fell on the floor," he said.

It was a false alarm.


.... Needless to say really.

I wonder what the FBI's leads are - a few yahoo addresses??

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

About 12 dead bank accounts could point 'em in the right direction. If they ask Alan, that is.

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