"SOMEONE YOU CALL YOUR FRIEND WANTS YOU DEAD," the message reads, and at that point, most of us would sit up and pay attention. Lowlifes are targetting unsuspecting victims by claiming that their very lives are at stake - that a friend or loved one has hired a professional to kill them. The only way to stop the purported "hit"? Money, of course.

Some go so far as to threaten the lives of the victim's family, as well.

Arriving in your Inbox in one of several variations, the self-described "assassin" tells you that:

- Someone you know has put a hit on you
- If you go to the police, the hit will be caried out (and in some cases, extended to include your family)
- That you can call off the hit by paying the "hitman" thousands of dollars.
These extortionists will even try to offer you a "tape" of the person who ordered the so-called "hit," as an inticement for you to pay up.

The bottom line is, the FBI says that there is no real danger in these messages, but because of their violent nature, if there is any personally identifiable information in them, you should contact police.

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