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Thread poster: Tim Drayton

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 07:54
Turkish to English
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Jan 8, 2008

Has anybody else received this one?
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How are you?

As you saw in the message that i sent to you before, Someone that is
really close to you want you DEAD. We were paid to KILL/ASSASINATE you.
Now You have just two options, either to LIVE OR DIE. If you want to
LIVE, then you are to pay USD 10,000 Dollards for we to spare your life.
But if you don't pay this mentioned amount of money that means you have
to DIE, We have no option than to KILL you.

I must inform you that we have no time to waste. You have to be fast in
every thing you do because the person who want you DEAD will soon ask
about the mission to KILL/ASSASINATE you.

WARNING: DO NOT THINK OF CONTACTING THE POLICE OR EVEN TELL 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 7:30PM UNTIL I MAKE OUT TIME TO SEE YOU
AND GIVE YOU THE TAPE OF MY DISCUSSION WITH THE PERSON WHO WANT YOU DEAD
AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLIED WITH MY DEMANDS, THEN YOU CAN USE IT TO TAKE
ANY LEGAL ACTION.


GOOD LUCK AS I AWAIT YOUR REPLY.

Regards
Fox James


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Florence B  Identity Verified
France
Member (2002)
English to French
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Not so hilarious... Jan 10, 2008

I'm glad that it didn't come through our system (thank you for making it clear, privately).

However, I don't find it funny at all. It made you laugh, but it could have frightened others - even people who would usually not fall for any scam could be nightmaring and feel anxious, even if they do not actually believe that it's true.

Thank you for the heads up - at least it might help the next person to receive it not to get stressed as much as they would have.

Florence "Oddie"

[Modifié le 2008-01-10 10:22]


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:54
English to German
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A felony Jan 10, 2008

In the United States, threatening a person's life, be it in written form or verbally is considered a felony. I don't consider it very hilarious, prank or not.

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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 06:54
Member
Spanish to English
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Your initial question is the most relevant Jan 10, 2008

Yes, has anyone else received it? Think, Tim, think. Who says it's a general scam?

Could it be the in-laws? Someone you've annoyed recently? Or not so recently - maybe some schoolmate whose conker you smashed to pieces in front of the whole class all those years ago, but they've never forgotten? The poison drip-drip-drips down through the years.

...

No, not funny at all, but it is rather strange they ask "How are you?" at the beginning. The answer presumably being, "Hunky dory until I read the next bit, pal".

And they sign "Fox James". Maybe they didn't see the end of The Jackal.

Best regards,


Mervyn


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Tomás Cano Binder, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 06:54
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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I am still deciding.... Jan 14, 2009

...whether I would prefer to be killed or assassinated...

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