(Last Updated On: March 24, 2022)

Scammer ThreatsScammer threats Very often when a scammer is not getting cooperation from a victim or the victim refuses to send money, the scammer will then resort to threats. These treats can be of physical violence or retaliation in one of several forms, such as doing or sextortion. African and Indian scammers routinely make treats at the end of a scam. They will threaten to expose intimate photos or chats. They may even threaten to kill or harm family members. It is important to remember that African and Indians scammers are professional liars - they tell stories to achieve a result - and do not waste time if it does not get them more money. Almost all such threats are just more lies meant to intimidate victims. Most victims are safe to ignore them. However, any victim that actually feels fear should contact their local police for advice.

There Is Nothing To Fear, They Are Just More Lies!

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Have You Been Threatened By A ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.? Don’t Worry!

What To Do When You Are Receiving Harmful Threats From Scammers By Phone Or Email Or Message!

Types of Threats:

Threats from scammers have become commonplace online and in email. It is a common ploy at the end of a scam when the victim cannot pay more!

Their threats can range from a warning that if you do not send them more money they will report you to the police, to threats on your life or the lives of your children or family.

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.

But don’t worry scammers do just one thing: THEY LIE!

Assassination Threats

Don’t worry, no one has been hired to kill you regardless of what the scammer says.

This common threat is a simple attempt at extortion and it often works.

Extortion or threats of violence are on the increase from African, Asian, Latin American, and Eastern European Scammers everywhere from Ghana to Malaysia.  The threats are written for scammers mostly using pre-defined scripts that they use on thousands of people around the world.

The FBIFBI FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Justice, the FBI is also a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes, including financial fraud. has this to say: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2007/january/threatscam_111507

If you have received an assassination threat, ignore it – nothing is going to happen – but do report it to your local police. It is just a desperate scammer trying to steal more of 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, but again, don’t worry, while you may have done something unwise, you did not benefit from it.

But it is important that you report both the threat and any money or merchandise you may have received to your local police. This is because you do not want them to discover it and come knocking on your door.

Just remember, the scammers only win if you believe them. No law enforcement agency is going to listen to a scammer anyway if they complained about you. A criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. 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. But do report 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. Sextortion is a good example of this – however, don’t be afraid there are ways of dealing with this.

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

But there is a way to limit the damage:

  1. Remove them as a friend or contact from all of your social media immediately
  2. Set up a call blocker, such as the free HIYA app. for your phone
  3. Always report all threats to your local police & the FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/?orgcode=SCARS

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Just Chill

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

In every case, when you receive a threat, be sure you report it to your local police – it is a crime, and they need to have it on file regardless. Without reporting such threats, your authorities have no way to assess the magnitude of them.

  • If the threats come by email, mark them as spam.
  • If the threats come from Facebook, Instagram or WHATSUP – blockBlock Blocking is a technical action usually on social media or messaging platforms that restricts or bans another profile from seeing or communicating with your profile. To block someone on social media, you can usually go to their profile and select it from a list of options - often labeled or identified with three dots ••• them.
  • If on your phone, most phone companies offer a Call Block Service – you can use this or the free HIYA app to block callers.

Scammers know how to get under your skin and scare you, just as they knew how to convince you they were sincere upfront. Not all are very smart, but they are organized and can be very persistent.

  • Actually, your greatest risk is that they will use your identity to scam other people under your name and using your photos – so be watchful. (see  above)
  • If you call the FBI, they will refer you to your local law enforcement but call them anyway.
  • You can record the phone calls and make a copy or print out the emails and send the recording or printed emails down to your local law enforcement officials to get the threats on record.
  • When you go to the police, tell them you want to file a “General Report” or “Informational Report” unless they suggest a different type of report.  Don’t expect your local police to do anything, they just don’t have the resources for it.
  • Local law enforcement knows that the likelihood of Nigerian or other transnational threats being carried out is very, very slim.
  • If the threats escalate in any way, such as letters or FedEx packages, go to your local police immediately. Otherwise, relax, you are just part of an attempt are more manipulation after the scam.

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Never Confront A Scammer

One of the ways that increase the likelihood that a scammer will threaten you is if you confront them that you know, or start calling them names. Scammers will react like anyone when confronted, they will respond, but you do not want that – the best-case scenario if for you to cut them off without them even knowing that you know.

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