A bizarre assassination threat involving a horse, lard, and a sex toy is the latest email scam.Spammers are always looking for new ways to get victims to respond to them and part with their money.
Most of us have been notified we have won the lottery or that an African dictator’s assistant wants to transfer millions to our account. Now an email from a supposed hitman threatens to arrange a strange sex-related death with a horse called Henry unless he is contacted.
Urban Schrott, IT security and cybercrime analyst with internet security company ESET Ireland, has the full text of the spam entitled "Your Life is in Danger". The spammer writes: "As I sit here sipping a martini it is my regretful duty to inform you that you have been selected for assassination."
He also claims to be a professional assassin and encloses his certificate of assassination as proof.
"SMERSH have contacted me to assassinate you and have specifically paid extra for a particularly nasty death which makes it look like you died in a particularly bizarre sex game gone wrong," the email continues.