Bredy Network Management Corporation Blogs

BNMC has been serving the Andover area since 1988, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Hitman Email Scam Threatens Your Life, Instead of Your Data

Hitman Email Scam Threatens Your Life, Instead of Your Data

Email scams have become a sort of punchline, often featuring Nigerian princes or wealthy, unknown relatives in need of funds to get home. However, another email scam is anything but amusing, as it uses a unique possession of the target to entice them to comply: their life.

This email appears in the target’s inbox with the subject line “Please read this it can be the most important information in your life,” a clear example of clickbait. However, the story that unfolds is worth accessing the email--or at least, it would be, if we weren’t going to tell you the story here.

Once opened, the recipient will find a message that suggests a great drama is unfolding on the periphery of the recipient’s life. According to the email, the recipient has had a contract put out on their head, the sender of this message being the hitman who is charged with taking them out. As the email says, “I received an order to kill you, because your activity causes trouble to a particular person.”

However, in a twist of events, the contract killer has decided to give their target the opportunity to save themselves after studying them. This is clearly a big deal, as the “business rules” of his or her profession do not allow this kind of activity, and so sending the target this message will destroy a twelve-year-long track record of executions. However, since the contract killer intends for this to be their last job, this rule was one that could be broken.

The apparent assassin then goes into the details of this arrangement. For 0.5 Bitcoin, the assassin will hand over the name of the person who arranged the hit as well as any evidence in their possession to bring to the police.

However, the target should not yet call the police, as it would take longer than the two days the target has for the authorities to investigate. The hired gun ends the letter promising to reach out again once the funds have changed hands, and with a pseudo-apology:

“I really regret that you became my prey.”

Perhaps in part because the letter plays out like an assignment from a creative writing class, and perhaps due to the high, high price implied by 0.5 Bitcoin, the scammer responsible has yet to gain any funds. Don’t be the first person to hand over a few grand.

If you happen to receive one of these emails, make sure that you mark it as spam. This helps inform spam filters that this email is unwanted, and might save someone else from contributing to the responsible party’s cache.

For more information on how to avoid scams and cyberthreats, lean on the professionals at BNMC. Give us a call at 978-482-2020.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Subscribe to Our Blog!

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Cloud Privacy Email Malware Hackers Internet Business Computing Microsoft Hosted Solutions Software IT Services Business Ransomware Android Computer Smartphone Network Security Windows Google Windows 10 Backup Small Business Business Continuity Data Browser Innovation Internet of Things App Hardware Data Management Office 365 User Tips Smartphones Cloud Computing Data Recovery Saving Money Artificial Intelligence Mobile Devices Tip of the week Encryption IT Support Productivity Outsourced IT Remote Monitoring Phishing Managed IT Services Gmail Office Tips Data storage Money Big Data Word Facebook Managed Service Provider Productivity Cybersecurity Efficiency Risk Management IT Support Windows 10 Robot Vulnerability Settings Google Drive Upgrade Microsoft Office Disaster Recovery Holiday Telephone Systems Business Management Passwords Alert Antivirus Outlook Monitors Data Backup Firewall Save Money LiFi Automation Administration Content Filtering Mouse Miscellaneous Employer-Employee Relationship Analytics Apple SaaS Government Network Unified Threat Management Two-factor Authentication Managed IT Services Scam Computing Maintenance Chrome Hosted Solution Server End of Support Bandwidth Workplace Tips IT Management YouTube Virtual Private Network Mobile Device Social Media communications Statistics Website Business Growth Wi-Fi Tablet WannaCry Blockchain Computers Mail Merge Password Google Maps Unified Threat Management Unified Communications Drones VoIP Sports Bluetooth Hacker Comparison Data loss Permissions Display Address The Internet of Things User Error desktop Avoiding Downtime Digital Alt Codes VoIP Politics Specifications Fraud WiFi Cybercrime Collaboration Marketing Samsung Printer Budget Time Management Humor Spyware Search Typing Black Friday Mobile Security Emergency Current Events File Sharing Access Control Solid State Drive Network Management Cryptocurrency Websites Virtual Reality Cyber Monday Hotspot Communication Business Technology IT solutions Going Green SharePoint Hard Disk Drive Touchscreen Storage Managed IT Bitcoin Smart Technology Language Writing Lenovo Printing Cabling Running Cable Downloads Legal Buisness Dark Data How To Shortcut Virtual Desktop Windows 8 Distributed Denial of Service Computing Infrastructure Retail Superfish Infrastructure Laptop BYOD Deep Learning Customer Service Firefox Patch Management Digital Payment Managed IT Service Alerts Office Spam Disaster Customer Relationship Management Downtime Vendor Management Multi-Factor Security Bring Your Own Device Operating System Heating/Cooling Break Fix Social Gadgets Social Engineering Networking Information Technology Uninterrupted Power Supply Servers Best Practice Computer Care Google Calendar IBM Dark Web VPN Wireless Users Safety Data Security Apps Halloween Server Management Training Legislation Google Docs Corporate Profile Microsoft Excel Network Congestion Education Hacks Automobile Techology Google Wallet Dell Quick Tips Scary Stories Staffing Administrator Virtualization Processors what was your? Web Server GPS Computer Repair Mobile Device Management How To Cameras Tracking Health Black Market Mobile Computing CCTV Document Management Tech Support Electronic Medical Records Twitter Notifications Upgrades Identity Theft Remote Computing Travel G Suite Crowdsourcing 3D Printing CrashOverride Supercomputer Botnet Motion Sickness Taxes Unsupported Software IT Budget Machine Learning Update IT Consultant Mobile Data Relocation Recovery Meetings Cleaning Work/Life Balance Private Cloud Chromebook Licensing Webcam Law Enforcement Physical Security Error Emoji Ben McDonald shares Point of Sale Gadget Personal Information Cortana Paperless Office

Sign up for our Newsletter!

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      What Our Clients Say

      • BNMC has provided us with nothing less than outstanding service and results for all of our IT needs for the past few years. Every member of their staff is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and eager to solve any problem...
      • 1
      • 2
      • 3