Name
Hit Man

Aka
Contract Killer Fraud, HitSpam

Crew
One, possibly with the back up of organised crime.

The Scam
The con artist tells the victim that he is a hit man who has been hired to kill him. However, since he knows that the victim is a good person, who promises not to kill them if they pay him his fee.The victim is blackmailed into paying the fee to save their life.

Variations: Originally done as a one on one scam to particular victims (e.g. rich, powerful, non violent crime figures) this scam has taken off thanks to the internet. Con artists send out millions of emails such as this one:



Good Day,

I want you to read this message very crefully, and keep the secret with you till further notice, You have no need of knowing who i am, where am from, till i make out a space for us to see, i have being paid $50,000.00 in adbance to terminate you with some reasons listed to me by my employer, its one i believe you call a friend, i have followed you closely for one week and three days now and have seen that you are innocent of the accusation, Do not contact the police or F.B.I or try to send a copy of this to them, because if you do i will know, and might be pushed to do what i have being paid to do ,beside this is the first time i turned out to be a betrayer in my job.

Now listen, i will arrange for us to see face to face but before that i need the amount of $80,000.00 and you will have nothing to be afraid of. I will be coming to see you in your office or home dtermine where you wish we meet, do not set any camera to cover us or set up any tape to record our conversation, my employer is in my control now, You will need to pay $20,000.00 to the account i will provide for you, before we will set our first meeting, after you have make the first advance payment to the account, i will give you the tape that contains his request for me to terminate you, which will be enough evidence for you to take him to court (if you wish to), then the balance will be paid later.

You don't need my phone contact for now till am assured you are ready to comply good.
Lucky You.



As with most internet scams, the success lies in finding a small number of victims amongst a large number of email recipients. However, the con artist may spear phish his victim, seeking out one particular person such as a public figure or celebrity to blackmail. The more likely to it is for the victim to actually have a hit out on their life, the more likely it is for con to be succesful.

This is an excellent example of Advance Fee Fraud.

Take
Victims have lost tens of thousands of dollars on this scam

Keywords
Long con, internet, advance fee fraud

Created by Nicholas J. Johnson
Australia's Honest Con Man
www.conman.com.au