Web Scam Uses Death Threats
But the sender says he won't go through with it, if the person sends him money. He asks the recipient to respond so he can give information on where to deposit the money.
"You don't have to be a wealthy person to be in a situation where you fear somebody might be after you." said Andy Anderson, a member of the MMICTF.
Elaine Beck, a freshman at MU, experienced the hoax firsthand when a friend called last week to ask about an e-mail that said something had happened to Beck.
"It was scary at first to think about how somebody could target me in this way," Beck said. "She had gotten an e-mail from a random source, a random person, that said that she was sorry to inform her that her friend and former classmate had passed away."
Beck said she hopes if others have gotten similar emails, they'll contact police to help find the person responsible.
"Mainly, just ignore it," Anderson said. "Contact us. We'll look it over to see if it's fraud or not. If it is why then they won't have to worry about it. If it's not fraud we need to be looking into it anyway."
Anderson said nine times out of ten, e-mails like this are a hoax, so people shouldn't be overly concerned.