The Better Business Bureau is giving a heads-up about what they say is the next evolution of a familiar scam, but with a violent twist. In a recent email to a target, the scammer threatened to kill him, but said he would not do so - for a price. BBB Investigator Don O'Brien says it appears the victim was not in any danger.
O'Brien advises you immediately contact your local police if you ever receive a message like that. He says the FBI has received reports of similar communications in other states as well, and encourages anyone that receives such an email to report them to its Internet Crime Complaint Center.