Police warning about ‘kill threat’ email scam

11:20 18 March 2014

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Devon and Cornwall Police are warning the public about fraudulent emails which say someone has been asked to kill the recipient.

The scam involves sending threatening emails to both individuals and companies advising them that someone close to them wants them dead and has provided details on how to kill the individual.

The recipient is advised in the email to provide their bank details in order to prevent any harm coming to them.

A police spokesman said: “The emails are very generic in nature and appear to be sent from outside the UK.

“There have been five separate reported cases in Devon and Cornwall and although none of the victims have taken the email seriously police are taking this opportunity to publicise the attempted fraud as it appears to be generated on a large scale.

“The public are advised not to be concerned if they receive such an email and do not respond in any way or provide their bank details.”

If anyone receives such an email they are advised to call police on 101 quoting police reference CT/14/120.

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