An Omaha man received a frightening email claiming someone put out a contract on his life. “You better be careful." Gary Coleman usually deletes scam emails, but this one he saved to save his life. “Do you want to live or die?”
The email claims someone has put a contract out on Gary's life, but the hit man will call it off for $5,000. “When you get somebody talking about killing you, you start to take it more seriously.”
Though an obvious scam, the overseas con artists try to make the threat convincing. The so called “hit man email” instructs Gary to wire $1,000, then he'll be sent an audio tape that supposedly contains verbal evidence that someone has taken out a contract on Gary's life.”
The Better Business Bureau is concerned someone will take the hit man email seriously. “These are completely bogus,” says the Better Business Bureau’s Jim Hegarty. “The problem is as this scam matures the language will be better, it'll appear more legitimate and more frightening."
Gary won't be sending any money. “I'm going to let it go. I've talked to enough authorities that it’s obviously a scam.” It’s a hoax Gary can laugh about with a nervous chuckle.
The Better Business Bureau says it appears the hit man scam comes from Nigeria and hijacks email address in the United States to make it look real.