'Do you want to live or die?' Old cyberscam takes new formUPDATED 7:22 PM HST Sep 19, 2013Video Transcript
YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE! It's a cyber scam that's gone up a notch. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa joins us now with the details. Trying to scam you by PHYSICALLY threatening you. We spoke to a person who says he did a double take while going through his emails. Harold Burger 2008 GOOD DAY I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOU IT IS A PITY THAT THIS IS HOW YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO END AS SOON AS YOU DON'T COMPLY 2016 As far as opening lines in an email go ... That's an attention getter. And there's more! The email also says "my duty as I am mailing you now is just to kill you, and I have to do it, as I have already been paid for that." 457 GET BACK TO ME TO ME NOW IF YOU ARE READY TO PAY SOME FEES TO SPARE YOUR LIFE, 20,000 IS ALL YOU NEED TO SPEND 505 20,000 to spare your OWN life...some people may just fork that over. But, Harold Burger says he's been around the block.. the grammatical mistakes, clicked in his head, it's a cyber scam. 711 I READ IT AND REALIZED THIS HAS GOT TO BE A SCAM 717 7:16 I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER OFFENDED ANYONE EXPECT FOR MY BROTHER ENOUGH WHO WOULD WANT TO KILL ME 721 bridge:1056 THE EMAIL ALSO SAYS WARNING, DO NOT THINK OF CONTACTING THE POLICE, FBI OR EVEN TELL ANYONE BECAUSE I WILL KNOW AS I HAVE MY EYES ON YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO.1105 Burger didn't listen to that..He printed it out, and alerted the police. Cyber scam experts say this type of threat is new, and threatening someone physically pushes them to act quickly without thinking. 247 USUALLY THE BAD THING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN COMPROMISED OR LOCKED OR YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IS GOING TO BE RELEASED THIS ONE IS A DIRECT THREAT TO YOUR PHYSICAL SAFETY OF YOU OR YOUR FAMILY SO IT'S MUCH MORE PERSONAL SO IT KICKS IT UP A NOTCH HIGHER 309 1055 SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN BE REALLY FRIGHTENING ESPECIALLY IF YOU'VE GOT A RELATIVE WHO YOU ARE ON THE OUTS WITH OR IF YOU HAVE SOME FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND SOMEONE WANTS THOSE RESOURCES 1110 Cyber experts say it takes a while to track down where the email came from if it's even possible. They say make sure to not delete the email and call police right away.