Waynesboro Police say they've discovered a new e-mail scam that threatens people’s lives in exchange for money. The police say they've had one case in Waynesboro.
Augusta County resident Angela Wright says she doesn't even notice scam e-mails anymore.
"We don't even give it a second thought. We look who it’s from. If we don't know them, it just gets deleted," says Wright.
She says this one would have grabbed her attention. Waynesboro Police say it's the most extreme case yet.
"He actually reported to be a hitman and told the receiver of the e-mail that hey I have orders to kill you and if you don't pay up, going to follow up with that," says Sgt. Kelly Walker.
The e-mail demands $4,000 and asks the receiver whether they want to live or die. Wright says even though she's scammer savvy, this e-mail would shake her.
"It would probably scare me to death even if I knew it's just junk. That’s just crazy. I probably would be scared, and I probably would call police," says Wright.
Walker says this is the natural next step in scams because people have gotten smart enough to avoid the usual ones.
"They're trying different tactics and that's what they'll continue to do. They'll use something as long as it works, and then when it stops working they'll move onto something else," says Walker.
Police say to use caution with your e-mail and do what Wright does: delete anything that looks suspicious.
"I probably wouldn't notice it was ever there, because I wouldn't know who it was from so I'd never open it," says Wright.
Police say they've turned over the e-mail for the FBI to investigate, but like many scam e-mails it may be hard to track down, because many scammers are from other countries.