- Scam emails are on the rise in Queensland, claiming a hitman will harm you
- Queensland police are warning people to delete any email asking for money
- ‘The sender claims to be a hitman hired by someone you know,’ police said
- The emails are exorting people of $10,000 to $100,000
Scam emails are on the rise in Queensland, claiming a hitman has been hired to harm you unless you pay large sums of money.
Scammers have been sending ransom emails, terrifying people with threats to hand over up to $100,000.
‘The sender claims to be a hitman hired by someone you know,’ a Queensland Police Service spokesman said in a statement.
Scam emails are on the rise in Queensland, claiming a hitman has been hired to harm you unless you pay large sums of money
‘The only way to save your life is by sending sums of money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.’
What to check for in scam emails?
Are you addressed by name?
Does the sender mention a location you frequent as one of the places they’ve followed you?
Does the sender demonstrate they know your address or your phone number?
Does the sender name your place of business?
Does the sender mention any of your family members by name?
Police have warned people to check the email for any indication the scammers know any details about you.
‘Before allowing yourself to become spooked by the idea that someone has been hired to cause harm to you, take a minute to re-read the e-mail,’ the statement said.
In the event you receive any type of extortion email, delete it immediately.
The messages are sent at random, and scammers will not know you have received the email.
Do not respond to the email, as this may cause the scammers to escalate their threats and attempts to extort money from you.
Never send any personal information to anyone you don’t know or don’t trust.
If you are concerned about your safety, contact the police immediately.