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Threat scam 03-10-08

Hawaii Police Department
South Hilo Patrol Section
Sergeant Richard Miyamoto
Phone: 961-2213
March 10, 2008

Media Release

Hawaii County police are warning the public about an e-mail scam in which the sender claims to be a paid killer hired to kill the recipient and asks for $4,000 to stop that from happening.

A Hilo woman reported on March 1 that she received such an e-mail.

Police have determined that the e-mail is part of a world-wide scam. The sender asks for $2,000 immediately and promises to send a tape of his “client” saying he wants the recipient dead. It instructs the recipient to wait for the tape and then pay another $2,000 to prevent the killing.

The letter warns the recipient not to call the police or tell anyone about the e-mail.

Police warn anyone who receives such an e-mail not to respond. Anyone who receives the e-mail and is concerned about it should call Officer Paul Kim at 961-2214 or the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311.