Have You Been Threatened By A Scammer?

What to do when you are receiving harmful threats from scammers by phone or email

Types Of Threats:

Threats from scammers have become commonplace online and in email. 

Their threats can range from a warning that if you do not send them money they will report you to the FBI and/or Secret Service, to threats on your life or the lives of your children.

The threats can be terrifying in their intensity and must be successful or the scammers wouldn’t keep doing it to extort money from their victims.

Assassination Threats

Don’t worry, no one has been hired to kill you regardless of what the scammer says.  This common email is a simple attempt at extortion and it works. Extortion emails are on the increase from African Scammers everywhere from Ghana to Malaysia.  The emails are written by scammers mostly using a pre-defined  script which they send out to thousands of people around the world.  The FBI has this to say: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2007/january/threatscam_111507

If you have received an assassination email, ignore it – nothing is going to happen. It is just a desperate scammer trying to steal your money!

You Broke The Law Threat – You Are Involved – Complicity

This is a case where they threaten to turn you in for your participation in laundering money, or their scam. They threaten to report you to a government law enforcement authority, Don’t worry, while you may have done something stupid, you did not benefit from it.

Just remember, the scammers only wins if you believe them, not if they actually do it. No law enforcement agency is going to listen to a scammer anyway. A criminal complaint cannot be opened without there being evidence of a crime, and the only evidence the scammer can supply is that of his own criminal activities.  Don’t worry about it.

Extortion Threats

Scammers do make threats to send very personal information, photos, and videos to your social media friends, family, employers, and others. This is a threat that you should take seriously, because they can do it without risk to themselves.

The obvious answer is never share compromising things with a scammer, jet people are dumb and do it.

But there is a way to limit damage:

  1. Remove them as a friend or contact from all of your social media immediately
  2. Tell your friends and family that you received threats from some African Scammer – everybody understands who these people are, and it will disarm anything the scammer does.
  3. Depending on what the scammer has, if it is really bad, you can send them a very small amount – saying you have no more to send.

Just Chill

Almost all threats that you will receive from a scammer are meaningless, because the fact is they are incompetent and don’t have enough time to really go after you. They are also half a world away.

In every case, when you receive a threat, be sure you report it to your local police