Call for Action Alert: Scammer claims he was hired to kill; demands thousands

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) -- There is a frightening scam going around that we want to warn you about. A scammer sent a woman an email saying he was hired to kill her.

Jean Marks talks with 11 Call for Action Reporter Katie Pelton about the scam email she got threatening her life.

"It was disturbing, very disturbing," Jean Marks told 11 Call for Action reporter Katie Pelton.

Marks got an email from a scammer posing as a hit man threatening to take her life.

"He'd been hired to kill me. He was telling me because he wanted to make sure that I knew the truth. He wouldn't normally have told anybody, but this was his last job," Marks said.

Marks showed the email to Pelton.

"I'll be as short as I can: I received an order to kill you because your activity causes trouble to several people," Marks read. "He goes on to say he was studying me a long time; he's been doing this for 10 years."

The hook is that the scammer demands thousands of dollars in Bitcoin, a form of cryptocurrency.

"He was demanding $3,000 to avoid killing me, in which case he would provide the information on who had hired him," Marks said. "He also said, 'Don't call the authorities. The police will not have time to help you. You only have two days to take care of this.'"

Marks called police and reported it to the FBI. She knew it was fake but it still gave her a sick feeling.

"I knew it wasn't real or it wasn't from anyone who was really going to kill me, but it still made me feel creepy," she said.

Scammers try to make you scared so that you react right away and pay them money. If you get an email like this, it's just a scam. Click here to report a scam email to the FBI.

You can also click here to report a scam to the Federal Trade Commission.

Click here to read the full story, which was printed in The Gazette. Katie writes a weekly consumer column for our news partners at The Gazette. You can read the column every Monday.

If you are the victim of a scam, you can reach out to our 11 Call for Action team at 719-457-8211 or click here to submit a complaint online.