E-mail scam threatens recipient with death

August 11, 2008 5:50:58 PM PDT
A new Internet scam, based on the Nigerian letter is beginning to pick up steam.

Called the "hit man" scam, the sender claims to be an individual hired to kill the recipient, unless the recipient pays a fee to be spared.

The e-mail had popped up occasionally in the past, but has been spotted three times in less than a week in the Midwest.