Old Email Scam Gets Renewed Attention Due to Bitcoin Twist
The scam in question comes in the form of an email which was seemingly sent out in a completely random manner. In the message, scammers tell users that they have been instructed to kill the recipient of this email by a “close friend”. A lot of people will laugh off such a message, but given the way our society works these days, no threat should be taken lightly, as unrealistic as it might seem at first.
The sender also claims that the victim has been under surveillance for some time now and decided to put their reputation at stake by not killing their assigned target. Instead, they are asking for a payment of 0.5 Bitcoin – though the amount is subject to change – to avoid having to kill their target. The email includes a Bitcoin address to which the payment can be sent.
While this is clearly a fake threat, it is likely that some people will fall for it. Sending half a Bitcoin to strangers on the internet is always asking for problems. Additionally, Bitcoin is not an anonymous currency, and thus it makes no real sense for professional scammers to use this particular payment method. Even so, smaller scammers continue to think Bitcoin is the go-to tool to mask their online activity, but they will be sorely disappointed at the end of the day.