Police have reported a surge of malicious emails, in which spammers identify themselves as contract killers, demanding cash in exchange for audio tapes compromising the identies of supposed clients.
Written in bad English, the letters come with a form for the killing request that has been filled out with the personal data of the would-be victim.
Authorities say the "hitman scam," attempting to scare victims into giving up tens of thousands of dollars, is another incident of the infamous Nigerian spam. Police has identified one spammer with the Nigerian IP address 188.8.131.52.
The other recent development on the Nigerian spam front is emails translated with the aid of online translation programs, soliciting for emergency financial help purportedly for a publicly well-known Estonian who has encountered trouble overseas.