Extortion Moves Online

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May 04, 2007 LITTLE ROCK Most of us treat spam as a simple nuisance, but one scam takes spam to a new, frightening level. Imagine opening an email and reading a message from an alleged hit man, claiming that you are his next target unless you pay him thousands of dollars to cancel the contract on your life. The hit man claims he is following you and warns you not to contact law enforcement, unless you want to place your family's safety in jeopardy. This sort of extortion email first began circulating last December, and since that time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has received more than 100 complaints regarding the killer spam." In Arkansas