DAVIDSON – The Davidson Police Department has issued a warning to citizens about potential email scams after receiving several reports from residents regarding an email message titled, “Urgent Response!!!! Your Life Is In Danger”. After reviewing the content of the email, and researching its origin, the department’s investigation reveals this is an email hoax.
This email hoax appears to have originated from an IP address in Nigeria. Citizens should not open emails or download attachments from any person they do not know. If you receive a suspicious email or attachment, even from a known source, independently confirm the email is authentic prior to opening to prevent computer infection.
Citizens that receive this “urgent” email are encouraged to change their email passwords immediately. Often, these email scams are associated with malware and viruses that can compromise computer networks. Special precautions should be taken regarding online banking, secured sites and personal email accounts. All computer users are encouraged to regularly use respected computer scanning software that can identify and eliminate viruses, malware, key loggers, remote executable files and botware.
The suspect email states that men are watching the subject, monitoring their movement, and any attempt to seek aid will result in their immediate death. The email further states that the recipient needs to contact the sender to arrange for instructions (usually monetary payment) to ward off the attack.
Recent online scams include the vacation money scam, overpayment with cashier’s checks on sales sites like craigslist and eBay, as well as fraudulent lottery and gift card scams. If any citizen receives correspondence they find disturbing, or wish to discuss the content, they are invited to contact the Town of Davidson Police at 704-892-5131.
A copy of the email is included below:
From: "Alexander Kokkat" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 9, 2013, 8:18:23 PM EDT
Subject: Urgent Response!!!! Your Life Is In Danger
You have been betrayed!!! It's a pity that this how your life is going to come to an end as your death had already been paid for by someone who is very close to you from all investigations. I have ordered 3 (three) of my men to monitor every move of you and make sure you are not out of sight till the date of your assassination. According to the report I get, you seem to be innocent about what you have been accused of but I have no business with that, so that's why am contacting you to know if truly you are innocent and how much you value your life. Get back to me if you sure want to live on, ignore this mail only if you feel it's a joke or just a threat. Don't forget your days on earth are numbered, so you have the chance to live if only you will comply with me.
WARNING: Tell no one about this mail to you because he or she might just be the person who wants you dead, and if that happens, I will be aware and am going to make sure you DIE instantly.
I will give you every detail of where to be and how to take any actions be it legal or illegal, that's only when I read from you. You need to stay calm and act unaware of this situation and follow instructions because any move you make that is suspicious; you will DIE as your days are numbered.