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Hit Man Email Scammer Back With a Vengeance

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the chris-nandor's-the-one-who-should-be-afraid dept.

The Almighty Buck 169

coondoggie writes "The online Hitman scammer, who threatens to kill recipients if they do not pay thousands of dollars to the sender, is still sending out thousands of emails and the FBI is again today warning users to ignore the spam and report any incidents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Two new versions of the scheme began appearing in July 2008, the FBI said. One instructed the recipient to contact a telephone number contained in the e-mail and the other claimed the recipient or a 'loved one' was going to be kidnapped unless a ransom was paid."

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169 comments

Sounds like dangerous business (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792395)

sending out death threats to all and sundry . . . I hope law enforcement gets to the silly buggers before some real killers do

Re:Sounds like dangerous business (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792419)

I don't.

Re:Sounds like dangerous business (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792443)

Seconded.

Re:Sounds like dangerous business (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792669)

Thirded. Spammers in general should die horribly, and this idiot or idiots should be the first one up against the wall.

Re:Sounds like dangerous business (2, Interesting)

Spamalope (91802) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793581)

Thirded. Spammers in general should die horribly, and this idiot or idiots should be the first one up against the wall.

I have a modest proposal. We create a google 'bounty' ad account, and all place at least one ad for that account on our sites. The bounty is payable to the hitman who kills one of the top ten ROKSO spammers. Like a lottery, the bounty increases until claimed.

Perhaps we could convince spammers that being one of the top ten is a bad idea!

Steve Jobs DEAD at 53 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792597)

As reported by Bloomberg. Sayonara, Steve!

Re:Sounds like dangerous business (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792989)

Why would it be a bad thing, if somebody killed them?

Re:Sounds like dangerous business (2, Insightful)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793547)

You really think they would send these themselves? Very likely they go through at least one proxy, either electronic or meatspace. The wrong person - maybe not wholly innocent however - would likely take the bullet. We need to be fair in our hatred.

the aim is ? (1)

johnjones (14274) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793963)

exactly what is the aim ? I presume extortion of money which if you look at the online scam seem's to be the endpoint of most spam email why take this any more seriously than others ?

spam filters should be able to trace then endpoints... yet another reason why SPF and DKIM should be more widely deployed...

maybe the FBI might want to focus on forceing ISP's to identify who the sender is via technologies such as DKIM...

regards

John Jones
http://www.johnjones.me.uk [johnjones.me.uk]

this guy (4, Funny)

citizenr (871508) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792399)

needs to meet offline hitman

Re:this guy (3, Insightful)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793021)

Don't worry, he will. Something like this is going to happen:

Man went to jail last night for a bar fight. He paid his hundred dollars bail and gets out. He's pissed at whoever he got in a fight with, he's pissed at whoever called the cops, he's pissed at the cops, he's pissed at the bar. He comes home and finds an email threatening his life.

Whatever dimwit is sending these likely won'y be alive this time next year.

He's probaby posting at slashdot, probably somebody on my "freaks" list. I hope it's the AC who keeps posting the goatse trolls, they're getting tiresome.

Re:this guy (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24793173)

They already caught him. News article here [tinyurl.com]

Re:this guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24793483)

goatse warning, mod parent appropriately...

stabbing device invented? (5, Funny)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792409)

Has the internet stabbing device been invented?
(from http://www.bash.org/?4281 [bash.org] )

Zybl0re: get up
Zybl0re: get on up
Zybl0re: get up
Zybl0re: get on up
phxl|paper: and DANCE
* nmp3bot dances : D-<
* nmp3bot dances : D|-<
* nmp3bot dances : D/-<
[SA]HatfulOfHollow: i'm going to become rich and famous after i invent a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet

False Positives (2, Funny)

locster (1140121) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792451)

This guy is ruining the legitimate hitman industry now that most of our (err, their) emails are ending up in spam bins. Better go check your spam bins people.

Old tactics (5, Funny)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792457)

Well, pay me $1000 or your mother in law will receive this immortality drug...

Re:Old tactics (4, Funny)

mark_hill97 (897586) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792577)

You almost had me sir, then I realized that not only I, but everyone on this site, doesn't have a mother in law for you to give this drug to. Your plan has been foiled, HA!

Re:Old tactics (5, Funny)

chriseyre2000 (603088) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792657)

I don't have a mother-in-law yet but will be acquiring one in 8 days time.

Re:Old tactics (5, Funny)

repvik (96666) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792703)

Is that what is known as a "Hostile Take-over"?

Too late (4, Funny)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792985)

She's dead, Jim. :P

Re:Too late (4, Funny)

pegdhcp (1158827) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793433)

You, sir, deserve to carry every kind of uber-geek badges available...

Re:Old tactics (1)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793143)

If I don't pay you, at least I won't have to worry about paying the email hit man. Come and get me buddy, there's beer in the fridge.

Re:Old tactics (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793333)

No, pay *me* $1,000 or I'll make "Meet the Spartans 2" and release it in metroplexes across the country!

Re:Old tactics (1)

kabocox (199019) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793359)

Well, pay me $1000 or your mother in law will receive this immortality drug...

Shouldn't you be able to sell an immortality drug for millions or a few billion rather than give it away if some one doesn't give you 1K? Talk about poor planning.

Re:Old tactics (2, Funny)

orasio (188021) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793585)

Your post should star the permanent World Lameness Expo!

Re:Old tactics (1)

u-235-sentinel (594077) | more than 5 years ago | (#24794201)

Well, pay me $1000 or your mother in law will receive this immortality drug...

I'm just waiting for them to email spam the Mafia. I can see it now...

Vinny: Hey Guido, it's that Nigerian dude once again. And now he's threatening to kill you

Guido: Put a hit on him Vinny. $50k dead

Re:Old tactics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24794277)

All your hitmen are belong to us.

www.hitman.com

Reverse Darwin (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792481)

The people who figure it's a scam realize their mistake too late. The gullible pay and live. In the end only people who click on everything and respond to spam will be left. *Wake up, you're having a nightmare!*

Is that a threat? (5, Insightful)

xandos (1350159) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792485)

I thought it was standard procedure to first kidnap and then request a ransom. Why would people pay a ransom -provided they feel really threatened by the email - if noone is kidnapped yet? They can always pay ransom when the kidnapping is actually done?

Re:Is that a threat? (4, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792607)

I thought it was standard procedure to first kidnap and then request a ransom. Why would people pay a ransom -provided they feel really threatened by the email - if noone is kidnapped yet? They can always pay ransom when the kidnapping is actually done?

For the same reason that people fall for all kinds of scams and other stupid stuff on the internet that they might not fall for in real life -- some subset of the recipients actually believe it is real.

If you send enough, it only takes an exceedingly small percentage of people to respond to any attempt to get cash and it probably works. Same for "p3n1s 3nl4rgm3nt", Nigerian scams, or phishing.

In this case, people might actually believe (as much as you and I can't see how) that someone they know might be in real peril of getting kidnapped. Yup, it's naive, but we know people believe all sorts of things.

However, in this case, I should think that sending such threats over email is probably a federal crime, and the people doing this are going to be hosed if they get caught. I'm sure it's probably at least 2-3 felonies to do such a thing.

Cheers

Re:Is that a threat? (2, Interesting)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792901)

I read that in Japan someone sent out a spam that said "I know you're having an affair! Pay me $CASH_SUM or I'll tell your wife". He got lucky with some small percentage of the recipients who sent him money. But he got unlucky with a much smaller percentage who reported him to the police.

Why is it a 'scam'? (2, Insightful)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793027)

Why are people calling this guy a 'scammer'? He sounds more like a simple extortionist.

Or is it simply that he is lying about murdering and kidnapping people, so tricking the victims into paying money when they get nothing in return? Maybe it would be more honest of him to really carry out the murders: then at least it wouldn't be a scam.

Re:Why is it a 'scam'? (2, Informative)

Urkki (668283) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793641)

This is just a mass-mailed request to receive money, hoping to get some suckers to send some. Whatever the reason given for sending money, it's a scam. Just 'cos the reason given by this scam is a threat of violence, it doesn't stop it from being a scam, it just makes it also extortion.

Re:Is that a threat? (4, Insightful)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793171)

In this case, people might actually believe (as much as you and I can't see how) that someone they know might be in real peril of getting kidnapped. Yup, it's naive, but we know people believe all sorts of things.

Note as well that a small percentage of these will fall in mailbox of people in a situation where these threats may be more plausible. I mean, if my mother received such a mail just the day after my company sent my in a middle-east country, it may take a more worrying tone.

Also, if you tell "I kidnapped your child" to 20,000 people, you have a good chance to have 2 or 3 people in the list who really don't know where their children are and worried about it.

Re:Is that a threat? (2, Insightful)

kdemetter (965669) | more than 5 years ago | (#24794313)

True , and exactly that will make sure the scammers get caught.

The strength of normal scams is that they bring a positive message : they promise lots of money.

Some people buy that , and lose their money , other people see the hoax , but most of them will just ignore the email and delete it , which means their chances of getting caught are slim .

If you threaten someone's life , some might take it serious , other will also ignore it , but there's a good chance they will call the cops just to be sure.

But if you threaten someone's child , there's is nothing in the world that can stop them from making you suffer for eternity.

Every parents who reads that mail will want to hunt you down the face of the earth , to crush you out of existence.

So hopefully those scammers get what they deserve

Re:Is that a threat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24794553)

Based on some of the children I've dealt with I'd say their parents would welcome their kid's kidnapping.

Re:Is that a threat? (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793393)

What makes you think, gstoddart (321705) Alter Relationship on Friday August 29, @06:02AM (#24792607) Homepage that we don't know your parents' basement address?

Re:Is that a threat? (1)

kabocox (199019) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793493)

In this case, people might actually believe (as much as you and I can't see how) that someone they know might be in real peril of getting kidnapped. Yup, it's naive, but we know people believe all sorts of things.

Many relative "rich" business travelers worry about this. It depends on where you are at as to what "rich" is defined as. You make an average salary in the US, and you could be automatically defined as "rich" to alot of parts on the global so you've got to be careful when you doing your traveling. I think those that routinely do this hire body guards/mercs to keep their asses safe and shoot back if anyone tries anything along those lines. I can't really blame them. Its kinda what all military/police folks are supposed to do. Keep the folks that pay them safe from criminals/"the enemy." Gotta admit that there will always be a place for armspeople/guards of all kinds.

Re:Is that a threat? (1)

TheJasper (1031512) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792619)

Because a kidnapping almost always ends in the death of the kidnapped?

Anyway we're talking about a spammer. He's not exactly looking for the best and the brightest is he?

Re:Is that a threat? (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792629)

I guess this would be a form of protection racket.

Re:Is that a threat? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792633)

Well, I suppose it's like any other hard sell advertising ploy: the price might go up.

"Act now, and you'll receive our special discount ransom offer!"

Maybe they'll offer 10% off coupons too.

Re:Is that a threat? (5, Funny)

ed__ (23481) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792709)

I hope that they have those reward cards, where every time you get kidnapped they punch a hole in the card, and after 9 kidnappings, you get a free sandwich!

that's just plain win/win right there.

Re:Is that a threat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24793427)

I hope that they have those reward cards, where every time you get kidnapped they punch a hole in the card, and after 9 kidnappings, you get a free sandwich!

No, but the 10th kidnapping is free

Re:Is that a threat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792653)

What time of day is "noone"?

Re:Is that a threat? (1)

noundi (1044080) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792665)

It used to be, then Microsoft bribed ISO and this is what happened.

I've cracked the case! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792749)

Since the collection method is identified in the absence of a reason to pay, this has to be SCO.

Re:Is that a threat? (1)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792795)

Well, if you ignore the fact that this is a scam, kidnappings tend to be emotionally damaging. If someone truly felt that there was a credible threat to a loved one that they couldn't otherwise avoid, it makes sense, in that it would help their loved one avoid undue emotional distress and risk.

Of course, what makes more sense is contacting the FBI and saying "Hey, some asshole is threatening to kidnap my ..." But who can say.

Re:Is that a threat? (5, Funny)

ccguy (1116865) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792827)

I thought it was standard procedure to first kidnap and then request a ransom. Why would people pay a ransom -provided they feel really threatened by the email - if noone is kidnapped yet? They can always pay ransom when the kidnapping is actually done?

You can pay whenever it is convenient to you. However, let me explain you the options so you can make an informed decision:

- Paying in advance is hassle-free for all parties involved. You also get a coupon, 20% off the next ransom.
- Paying in full after the actual ransom has a 30% processing fee.
- Paying in monthly payments has no surcharge, but we will return your loved one monthly, too.

hitman.

Re:Is that a threat? (1)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792873)

You're absolutely right. Why pay now when you can wait and get actual confirmation (severed bodyparts/blood/etc) that they have in possession, your loved one?

Re:Is that a threat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24793053)

I thought it was standard procedure to first kidnap and then request a ransom.
Why would people pay a ransom -provided they feel really threatened by the email - if noone is kidnapped yet? They can always pay ransom when the kidnapping is actually done?

Why do people keep writing noone, it is no one.

Re:Is that a threat? (1)

Arccot (1115809) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793091)

I thought it was standard procedure to first kidnap and then request a ransom. Why would people pay a ransom -provided they feel really threatened by the email - if noone is kidnapped yet? They can always pay ransom when the kidnapping is actually done?

Depends on who is doing it. Some Sicilian mobs ask for money before the kidnapping. Less hassle for everyone if the victim pays up front. If they don't pay, that's when you start getting increasingly nasty warnings in the form of dead pets, etc.

Re:Is that a threat? (1)

orasio (188021) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793649)

Farc (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FARC [wikipedia.org] ) make you pay in order not to get kidnapped.
It's more efficient that way.

Dinsdale! (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#24794435)

Four months later they started another operation which they called 'The Other Operation'. In this racket they selected another victim and, by email, threatened not to beat him up if he didn't pay them.

life0cidal corepirate nazi execrable still allowed (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792499)

the crap-flooding of bogus email is the least of our problems, honestly. fear is unprecedented evile's primary weapon. that, along with deception & coercion, helps most of us remain (unwittingly?) dependent on its' greed/fear/ego based hired goons' agenda. Most of yOUR dwindling resources are being squandered on the 'war', & continuation of the billionerrors stock markup FraUD/pyramid scheme. nobody ever mentions the real long term costs of those debacles in both life & the notion of prosperity, not to mention the abuse of the consciences of those of us who still have one. see you on the other side of it. the lights are coming up all over now. conspiracy theorists are being vindicated. some might choose a tin umbrella to go with their hats. the fairytail is winding down now. let your conscience be yOUR guide. you can be more helpful than you might have imagined. there are still some choices. if they do not suit you, consider the likely results of continuing to follow the corepirate nazi hypenosys story LIEn, whereas anything of relevance is replaced almost instantly with pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking propaganda or 'celebrity' trivia 'foam'. meanwhile; don't forget to get a little more oxygen on yOUR brain, & look up in the sky from time to time, starting early in the day. there's lots going on up there.

http://news.google.com/?ncl=1216734813&hl=en&topic=n
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/31/opinion/31mon1.html?em&ex=1199336400&en=c4b5414371631707&ei=5087%0A
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/29/world/29amnesty.html?hp
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/02/nasa.global.warming.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/05/severe.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/02/honore.preparedness/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/opinion/01dowd.html?em&ex=1212638400&en=744b7cebc86723e5&ei=5087%0A
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/05/senate.iraq/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/washington/17contractor.html?hp
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/world/middleeast/03kurdistan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080708/cheney_climate.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080805/pl_politico/12308;_ylt=A0wNcxTPdJhILAYAVQms0NUE

is it time to get real yet? A LOT of energy is being squandered in attempts to keep US in the dark. in the end (give or take a few 1000 years), the creators will prevail (world without end, etc...), as it has always been. the process of gaining yOUR release from the current hostage situation may not be what you might think it is. butt of course, most of US don't know, or care what a precarious/fatal situation we're in. for example; the insidious attempts by the felonious corepirate nazi execrable to block the suns' light, interfering with a requirement (sunlight) for us to stay healthy/alive. it's likely not good for yOUR health/memories 'else they'd be bragging about it? we're intending for the whoreabully deceptive (they'll do ANYTHING for a bit more monIE/power) felons to give up/fail even further, in attempting to control the 'weather', as well as a # of other things/events.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=weather+manipulation&btnG=Search
http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=video+cloud+spraying

dictator style micro management has never worked (for very long). it's an illness. tie that with life0cidal aggression & softwar gangster style bullying, & what do we have? a greed/fear/ego based recipe for disaster. meanwhile, you can help to stop the bleeding (loss of life & limb);

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/28/vermont.banning.bush.ap/index.html

the bleeding must be stopped before any healing can begin. jailing a couple of corepirate nazi hired goons would send a clear message to the rest of the world from US. any truthful look at the 'scorecard' would reveal that we are a society in decline/deep doo-doo, despite all of the scriptdead pr ?firm? generated drum beating & flag waving propaganda that we are constantly bombarded with. is it time to get real yet? please consider carefully ALL of yOUR other 'options'. the creators will prevail. as it has always been.

corepirate nazi execrable costs outweigh benefits
(Score:-)mynuts won, the king is a fink)
by ourselves on everyday 24/7

as there are no benefits, just more&more death/debt & disruption. fortunately there's an 'army' of light bringers, coming yOUR way. the little ones/innocents must/will be protected. after the big flash, ALL of yOUR imaginary 'borders' may blur a bit? for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way, there is a debt that must/will be repaid by you/us, as the perpetrators/minions of unprecedented evile, will not be available. 'vote' with (what's left in) yOUR wallet, & by your behaviors. help bring an end to unprecedented evile's manifestation through yOUR owned felonious corepirate nazi glowbull warmongering execrable. some of US should consider ourselves somewhat fortunate to be among those scheduled to survive after the big flash/implementation of the creators' wwwildly popular planet/population rescue initiative/mandate. it's right in the manual, 'world without end', etc.... as we all ?know?, change is inevitable, & denying/ignoring gravity, logic, morality, etc..., is only possible, on a temporary basis. concern about the course of events that will occur should the life0cidal execrable fail to be intervened upon is in order. 'do not be dismayed' (also from the manual). however, it's ok/recommended, to not attempt to live under/accept, fauxking nazi felon greed/fear/ego based pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking hypenosys.

consult with/trust in yOUR creators. providing more than enough of everything for everyone (without any distracting/spiritdead personal gain motives), whilst badtolling unprecedented evile, using an unlimited supply of newclear power, since/until forever. see you there?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

meanwhile, the life0cidal philistines continue on their path of death, debt, & disruption for most of US. gov. bush denies health care for the little ones;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/bush.veto/index.html

whilst demanding/extorting billions to paint more targets on the bigger kids;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/12/bush.war.funding/index.html

& pretending that it isn't happening here;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3086937.ece
all is not lost/forgotten/forgiven

(yOUR elected) president al gore (deciding not to wait for the much anticipated 'lonesome al answers yOUR questions' interview here on /.) continues to attempt to shed some light on yOUR foibles. talk about reverse polarity;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3046116.ece

Re:life0cidal corepirate nazi execrable still allo (1)

richi (74551) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792555)

Golly, I wish I had some mod points today...

Re:life0cidal corepirate nazi execrable still allo (1)

supernova_hq (1014429) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792637)

I just wish I had that much free time on my hands. Then again, I am reading Slashdot :p

Re:life0cidal corepirate nazi execrable still allo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792829)

Do the world a favor and check yourself in to your local insane asylum.

Re:life0cidal corepirate nazi execrable still allo (3, Insightful)

Erie Ed (1254426) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793119)

Slashdot needs to add a spam mod.

Rich folks only (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792537)

According to About.com: [about.com]

It is known so far that the messages are originating from Moscow, Russia (note the fractured grammar, indicating they were written by non-English speakers) and are being emailed to addresses apparently selected from professional databases (i.e., targeting recipients who presumably have the resources to pay an extortionist).

I wouldn't expect to receive one of these unless you're wealthy and there's material out on the net attesting to the fact.

Re:Rich folks only (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792693)

I wouldn't expect to receive one of these unless you're wealthy and there's material out on the net attesting to the fact.

I disagree. It's far easier (and cheaper) to send email to 1 million addresses than it is to figure out which of those 1 million people might be a good target.

I've received at least one of these (eg one that's actually made it past my spam filters), and while I completely knew it to be a scam, it still made me feel pretty yucky inside for some reason... imagine how you would feel if you were paranoid by nature :(

Re:Rich folks only (4, Funny)

Kent Recal (714863) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792759)

imagine how you would feel if you were paranoid by nature

how do you know i'm paranoid by nature? who told you that? do you have other information about me? WHO TOLD YOU THAT?

Re:Rich folks only (1)

silentsteel (1116795) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793369)

And this is the reason people should learn to protect themselves. Kidnappers and other unsavory people tend to back off once the intended victim has demonstrated that they do not intend to go quietly. My wife would be more than happy to remove someone from the planet, rather than be taken somewhere unwillingly. A handgun (with the requisite training) and martial arts training tend to ensure a little bit more perseverance. It also helps a loved one's nerves.

Re:Rich folks only (5, Funny)

ed__ (23481) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792793)

According to About.com: [about.com]

It is known so far that the messages are originating from Moscow, Russia (note the fractured grammar, indicating they were written by non-English speakers) ...

FBI agent: there's only one country that has english grammar this bad...

Police Detective: The Russians!

FBI agent: exactly. It's either them or Mrs. Gleason's 8th grade english class.

Police Detective: But the Russians have rock solid alibis.

FBI agent: let's lean on the kids, and see if any of them get nervous.

Re:Rich folks only (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793949)

According to About.com: [about.com]

It is known so far that the messages are originating from Moscow, Russia (note the fractured grammar, indicating they were written by non-English speakers) ...

FBI agent: there's only one country that has english grammar this bad...

Police Detective: The Russians!

Police Detective: I'll start right away tracking down this "potus@whitehouse.gov". That pesky rusky can't fool us with his cartoonishly bad english!

I will kidnap CowboyNeal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792543)

Unless you pay me $9000

Re:I will kidnap CowboyNeal (4, Funny)

Fex303 (557896) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792649)

Unless you pay me $9000

You left the word 'not' out of your subject.

Re:I will kidnap CowboyNeal (2, Funny)

TedRiot (899157) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792683)

I think even worse is that (s)he said 9000 without 'over' preceding the number.

Re:I will kidnap CowboyNeal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24794165)

Death threats are illegal in the great white north

Criminal Code of Canada
Assaults:
Uttering threats
264.1 (1) Every one commits an offence who, in any manner, knowingly utters,
conveys or causes any person to receive a threat
(a) to cause death or bodily harm to any person;
(b) to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; or
(c) to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that is the property of any person.
Punishment
(2) Every one who commits an offence under paragraph (1)(a) is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five
years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a
term not exceeding eighteen months.

Re:I will kidnap CowboyNeal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24792761)

I'll give you $100 if you kidnap kdawson.

Re:I will kidnap CowboyNeal (3, Funny)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793363)

Pfft, it's gonna cost you at least that much to rent a forklift and 18 wheeler.

Interesting demographic (5, Funny)

El Yanqui (1111145) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792585)

I suspect you have to be gullible and paranoid with a dash of guilty conscience thrown in to fall for this scam.

Hey you... yeah you. The fat guy with cheetoh stained fingers and an external drive loaded with furry porn. Mod me up or I'll take all your action figures out of their original packaging.

Re:Interesting demographic (2, Funny)

aproposofwhat (1019098) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792631)

I have mod points, but object to your description of my fingers.

And my action figures are in a locked vault somewhere in my mother's basement, so good luck with that :P

Time for some furry porn...

Re:Interesting demographic (2, Funny)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792939)

I suspect you have to be gullible and paranoid with a dash of guilty conscience thrown in to fall for this scam.

One group of people worldwide: Politicians.

Re:Interesting demographic (1)

lowlymarine (1172723) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793039)

One group of people worldwide: Politicians.

Gullible? Check. Paranoid? Check. Guilty conscience...ooh, foiled in the home stretch.

Re:Interesting demographic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24794377)

It would be much more effective if he was actually killing the thousands of people who don't pay. But that would earn him 5 GTA stars and an onslaught of helicopters real quick.

hmm (1)

amnezick (1253408) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792673)

It's a distraction to keep the attention away from Mexico where real kidnapping takes place.

Just a (conspiracy saturated) thought ...

Very Interesting (1)

DanLew (1345803) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792851)

Very Interesting, you just gave me the inspiration to buy the domain - OnlineHitman.com (Surprisingly enough it was available?)

scam? (5, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792885)

ive been paying him for years. still alive.

me: 1, phantom interblag assassin: 0.

I'm making a note here (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 5 years ago | (#24794221)

Huge Success!

Vengence? (0, Troll)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#24792957)

Is that a UK spelling or something? In AMERICA, we spell that vengeance.

Re:Vengence? (-1, Flamebait)

Dan541 (1032000) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793063)

American's also spell colour as color. Not the best country to be criticising the use of English.

Re:Vengence? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24793529)

Is that a UK spelling or something? In AMERICA, we spell that vengeance.

Here in Norway, we do everything with a vengeance... even spelling. And we spell our country's name with only one capital letter.

Re:Vengence? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24794177)

And we spell our country's name with only one capital letter.

Here in AMERICA, everything is bigger.

Better scam ? (1)

Arthur B. (806360) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793065)

I think a great scam would go like this

"You dirty bastard, I know you just cheated on your wife, you should be ashamed. Pay me $100 or she'll know everything"

Cheating is very common, and fear will alter the judgment of the average person (It can't be a spam, how would they *know* I just cheated...). I bet lots of person would pay.

I don't consider blackmail a crime per se, but that would still be quite a disgusting practice.

Mr. Hitman, meet Mr. 419 (4, Funny)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793089)

Will Mr. Hitman accept as payment the bogus $14,000 cashier's check some Nigerian scammer sent me to buy my $11,000 car?

Will he Western Union the excess back to me?

If you ever want to build a collection of fake cashier's checks, list a car on Craigslist.

Death threats are a felony. (4, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793093)

This spammer isn't just stealing advertising and committing millions of instances of petty theft. A death threat is a felony in itself, and this clown is racking up enough separate crimes for his sentence to run to thousands of lifetimes.

-jcr

Hitman? (3, Funny)

MadJo (674225) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793101)

Man, that's so old school. I already have a Hitman Pro!

Hmmmm (2, Funny)

idommp (134503) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793117)

Do I get to pick which relative? If I pay extra will he kidnap two of them? just curious how this works.

Piranha brothers (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793225)

It was only recently that the Piranha brothers hit upon the other other operation, in which they threatened to kill the target unless he paid them the so-called "protection money".

Of course, Dinsdale is nowhere near as dangerous as Doug.

Has the hitman actually made money off this? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793249)

I saw a similar email back in March of this year (and I mentioned it on my web page [boldlygoingnowhere.org] ). Just for amusement I tried to contact the sender - both through the from address and the address they asked I reply to - and act a little concerned. I never heard back from them (I'm guessing the email was shut down).

But really, the email was so vague it could have been sent to anyone. They didn't even mention me by name or location. I wasn't really the least bit concerned as it was sent to an old email address of mine anyways.

Micropayments (4, Interesting)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793903)

Perfect scenario for micropayments! You could send 2000 e-mails and hope one person will pony up $1000 to avoid any downfall, or you can send 2000 e-mails and offer to take them off your hitlist for a mere dollar. At a low 50% return rate, you've made the original $1000, and the potential for more is much higher!

Seriously, criminals these days.

Dear Hitman: (1)

TFGeditor (737839) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793905)

I have your demanded payment in-hand. Meet me at 1234 Anystreet USA to collect same.

(loads .44 magnum and waits in darkened room)

That's what that was? (4, Funny)

okmijnuhb (575581) | more than 5 years ago | (#24793925)

I thought it was Windows Genuine Advantage.

Action on spam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24794053)

What if this kind of spam is sent to a politician? Will the politician treat it as spam, or get 50 police officers for round the clock protection?

Mod me! (0, Redundant)

halcyon1234 (834388) | more than 5 years ago | (#24794077)

Mod me +5 or I will assassinate you. Assassinate you HARD!

Speaking of spammers (0, Offtopic)

Eccles (932) | more than 5 years ago | (#24794205)

One idiot spammer keeps making up addresses from my domain for his reply-to address. So of course I get all his mailer-daemon bounces. So two questions: first, if I could track him down, could I sue for damages? B, how hard is it typically to track the b-tards down?

Example of the email? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24794215)

Someone want to post a sample of the mail, including the headers?

Damn. (1)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 5 years ago | (#24794361)

I need to relax my spam filters so that I can join in the fun of toying with these asshole scammers.

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