A new ransom-based email scam campaign is demanding that all recipients either meet the sender’s demands and pay up or die.

On 11 December, Spiceworks user Dave Lass shared the campaign with other members of the professional IT industry network.

The scam doesn’t waste any time in attempting to frighten the recipient. It begins with the subject line “Please read this it can be the most important information in your life.” Assuming that the user opens it, they’re greeted with a message that appears to come from a hitman who’s received an assignment to kill them:

Hello

I advise you to take this message seriously, if you value your life, since this is not a joke or a scam. I've been thinking for a long time whether it's worth sending this message to you and decided that after all you still have the right to know. I'll try to be short. I received an order to kill you, because your activity causes trouble to a particular person. I studied you for quite a time and made a decision to give you a chance, despite the specifics of my job, the business rules of which do not allow me to do this, as this will kill my reputation (more 12 years of perfect order executions)in certain circles. But i decided to break a rule since this is my last order (at least I do hope so).

In general, let's Break it down. I want you to pay the amount of 0.5 Btc. I accept btc. Information how to forward you can find in Google. Here are my payment details:

168firBiYcezkNhpe2CEie3JgjzvF2bfZP

When i will receive funds I'll send you the name of the man order came from, as well as all the evidence i have. You will be able to  (Read more...)