Police warn of hit man email scam

Saanich and Oak Bay police are warning of the so-called hit man scam, in which a spammer claims to have been hired to murder the recipient of the message.

  • Aug. 9, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Another email scam is, pardon the pun, “hitting” inboxes.

Saanich and Oak Bay police are warning of the so-called hit man scam, in which a spammer claims to have been hired to murder the recipient of the message.

The email goes on to request payment in exchange for information about who has taken out the hit.

“This is an extreme example of phishing,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

“Typically, they don’t have any mention of violence. This one does.”

Police say the best way to ward against electronic scams is to be critical of any emails that are not addressed to you specifically, as well as those with poor grammar or which request an electronic transfer of funds.

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