I had an awful email sent to me. I emailed a copy to everyone I knew to warn them. Some of your emails bounced so I'm re-printing it here. I copied it down below so you can see it.
It's a new form of scam. Basically it threatens to kill you unless you pay 7000 dollars. I googled it and apparently I'm not the first to receive this and it's been running through the Northwest of America. So now it's here. Lucky us.
I just want to be sure that everyone knows this is an absolute scam. The English is so bad that the guy is probably out in Malaysia somewhere.
I was NOT afraid for my life. As horrible as this is it is just another way to bilk the uninformed. I just find it reprehensible that scammers have turned to terror tactics.
This is no Algerian prince trusting me to launder his money. This is a terrorist extortionist. He should be ashamed.
Anyways I did call the police. They don't know how to handle it although the officer was very concerned and wondered aloud how his elderly mother would have taken it.
Then he asked me to answer it and ask where to meet him to give him the cash .. so far no answer but the email didn't bounce either so this guy is active.
Don't be fooled by this jerk! I'm complaining to gmail next. They should shut him down.
I am very sorry for you Xxxxxx, is a pity that this is how your life is going to end as soon as you don't comply.
As you can see there is no need of introducing myself to you because I don't have any business with you, my duty as I am mailing you now is just to KILL you and I have to do it as I have already been paid for that.
Someone you call a friend wants you Dead by all means, and the person have spent a lot of money on this, the person also came to us and told me that he wanted you dead and he provided us with your name ,picture and other necessary information's about you. So I sent my boys to track you down and they have carried out the necessary investigation needed for the operation on you, and they have done that but I told them not to kill you that I will like to contact you and see if your life is Important to you or not since their findings shows that you are innocent.
I called my client back and ask him of your email address which I didn't tell him what I wanted to do with it and he gave it to me and I am using it to contact you now. As I am writing to you now my men are monitoring you and they are telling me everything about you.
Now do you want to LIVE OR DIE? As someone has paid us to kill you. Get back to me now if you are ready to pay some fees to spare your life, $7,000 is all you need to spend You will first of all pay $3,000 then I will send a tape to you which I recorded every discussion i had with the person who wanted you dead and as soon as you get the tape, you will pay the remaining $4,000. If you are not ready for my help, then I will carry on with my job straight-up.
WARNING: DO NOT THINK OF CONTACTING THE POLICE OR EVEN TELLING ANYONE BECAUSE I WILL KNOW.REMEMBER, SOMEONE WHO KNOWS YOU VERY WELL WANT YOU DEAD! I WILL EXTEND IT TO YOUR FAMILY, INCASE I NOTICE SOMETHING FUNNY.
DO NOT COME OUT ONCE IT IS 7:PM UNTIL I MAKE OUT TIME TO SEE YOU AND GIVE YOU THE TAPE OF MY DISCUSSION WITH THE PERSON WHO WANT YOU DEAD THEN YOU CAN USE IT TO TAKE ANY LEGAL ACTION. GOOD LUCK AS I AWAIT YOUR REPLY