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Author Topic: New Extortion Email Threatens to Send a Hitman Unless You Pay 4K  (Read 86 times)
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« on: December 18, 2018, 04:00:05 PM »

Extortion emails are getting wilder and wilder. First, we had sextortion scams that threatened to reveal victims doing dirty deeds on video, then bomb threats, which brought the worldwide attention of law enforcement, and now we have threats that a hitman is targeting the recipient unless they pay $4,000 in bitcoin.

These emails started appearing this week and have a subject line similar to "Pretty significant material for you right here 17.12.2018 08:33:00". The content of the emails are written in poor English and grammar and state that the sender is the owner of a Dark Web site that offers different kinds of services for a fee.

The email goes on to say that someone came to the site to hire a hitman to target the recipient for an "instant and pain-free" execution. The owner of the site, though, is willing to call the hitman off if they receive $4,000 in bitcoin. As an extra bonus, they will also "remove the hitman".

Hitman extortion email

The full text of this new scam is:

From: Justine Dibenedetto   xdymkz

I have got a site that includes all kinds of offerings which I give in dark net. Nearly anything from totally eliminating peoples small business to physical accidental injuries and many others, however pratically nothing serious like eliminating. In more cases it is shit like declined relationship or rivalry where you work. Anyhow i've been got in touch this week by client to place an arrangement and the particular target is obviously you. In a instant and pain-free approach.

The thing is that I only get money just after any completely finished project and so I decided to make contact with you prior, to be able to pay out me just for sitting inactive which i in some cases proffer the victim. However, if i don't receive the things i'm asking, my person will fulfill the request. Yet in case if i will make a deal, apart eliminating the order you're going to receive complete info concerning the customer that i have found. Soon after the purchase is complete, I often remove the hitman as well, therefore i do have a selection, to generate a grand and two hundred coming from you, quite simply with no effort, or to get 4k from the customer, yet to lose my executor.

I am obtaining exchanges solely by Btc aka bitcoin , its my bitcoin transactin address -

At this point you only have thirty eight hours to transmit funds.

The enclosed bitcoin address has not received any ransom payment and will most likely not due to its poor execution and threat of physical harm. If anything, similar to the bomb threats, these will just be reported to law enforcement.

Once again, if you receive an email like the one above, this is a scam and you are not being targeted by a hitman. Instead you are being targeted by an extortionist who is looking to make a quick buck by trying to scare the living daylights out of you.

Physical threats killed the extortion scam

When the sextortion email scams were first released they were highly profitable with scammers making upwards to $50,000 in one week. They were subtle, played on the fear of embarrassment, and were not well known.

When the bomb threat extortion emails were released last week and demanded $20,000 in bitcoin or they would detonate an explosive, everything changed. Now the scammers were threatening physical harm and instead of quietly sending some bitcoin to avoid embarrassment, recipients reported the emails to law enforcement.

Due to this, these types of scam emails have gained worldwide visibility, the scrutiny of law enforcement, and the awareness that the previous scams did not have. Hopefully, this will cause people not to pay the ransom and for this type of attack to slowly dwindle away.


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