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'Yemeni Assassin' Attempts Extortion

A man in England was baffled to find himself the target of Yemeni assassins who claimed to have been hired to “terminate” him with extreme prejudice.

Charles Anderson told The Register he received an email from a “Gladlord Mohammed” informing him that “i have being paid $200,000.00 in advance to terminate you with some reasons listed to me by my employers.”

However, Mohammed continued: “i have followed you closely for one week and three days now and have seen that you are innocent of the accusation.” Thus, Mohammed had decided to pass up the contract on Anderson–if he agreed to hand over “$50,000.00 to the account i will provide for you.”

Once Anderson had paid money and met with Mohammed, the hired gun said he would hand over the tape that contained the information on the contracted kill. That information would “be enough evidence for you to take him to court (if you wish to), then the balance will be paid later,” Mohammed wrote.

Anderson was told to keep quiet and not contact the FBI or the police. The assassin reminded him,”I have your picture with me and other vital information. I was hired with my team from Yemen Arab Republic down here. So you don’t need to ask any question. Deal/No Deal?”

Anderson, a software engineer, concluded the email was a scam and simply pressed Gmail’s “Report Spam” button.

“It’s the first scam I’ve ever received that tried to intimidate me into handing over money, rather than just playing on my greed and stupidity,” he told The Register. “Is this the start of a trend, or have I just been lucky so far?”

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