Death threat emails are a scam, police warn
Halifax Regional Police are warning people about the latest email scam — a death threat designed to scare the recipient into handing over money.
Natalie Randall, of Dartmouth, got an email on Thursday from someone who claimed her life would be spared if she handed over money.
"It was a letter from an assassin, apparently, who was hired to kill me," Randall told CBC News.
"Whoever they'd been hired by had told them all these bad things about me and he'd been following me and had figured out that I wasn't such a bad person and he was willing not to kill me if I was willing to pay him off."
Randall said the supposed assassin with a conscience was ready to be bought off if she sent him $10,000.
The email warned her not to call police and ordered her not to leave her home after 7:30 p.m. if she did not want to be hurt.
Randall was startled the writer knew her home address — just not her current one.
"It was semi-funny because the assassin is not up to date on my current address, so he actually gave my correct address when I lived in Victoria," she said Thursday.
"I moved back here about four years ago. It was definitely less scary because the assassin's obviously not up to date."
Randall contacted Halifax Regional Police and said she's hoping investigators will be able to trace the computer that was used to send her the original email.
"Any time you receive this, a person's going to be alarmed. We would encourage anyone, if they receive it, they can contact police," said Const. Brian Palmeter, a spokesman for the Halifax Regional Police.
"Certainly if you Google this online, this type of scam, you'll likely find that there are reports of it not being accurate. If you contact our department, we'll also give you that information."