For Immediate Release
March 17, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
BOGUS EXTORTION E-MAILS
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn the public about bogus extortion “hitman” e-mails circulating in the area. A Destin man is the latest resident to report receiving one of the threatening e-mails on his computer. It stated it was from “Al-Qaeda Networks” and it threatened his life if he didn’t send the group $10,000 in two separate installments.
The man’s name is never mentioned in the e-mail. It stated that they are the group responsible for the September 11th bombings, that they’re watching the person, and want to see if he wants to live or die. At the end of the e-mail, it warned the recipient not to notify the police or even tell anybody because someone he knows wants him dead.
Such e-mails claiming to be from an assassin’s group, a hitman, or a terrorist network have been circulating around the country and are believed to have originated overseas. If you should get such an e-mail, do not hit the reply button or provide any personal information that could compromise your identity or open you up to identity theft. Notify your local law enforcement agency. The FBI also encourages you to file a complaint at www.ic3.gov.
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