11/13/2013 12:01:00 AM Police investigating Internet scam that targeted local business person
A Harbor Springs business owner was targeted recently by an Internet scam and Harbor Springs Police are investigating and want to alert residents to the danger.
"A Harbor Springs business person received an email (electronic mail) from a person stating that he had been hired to eliminate (kill) the person," Harbor Springs Chief of Police Dan Branson said. "The person stated he will give the victim an opportunity to get out of the situation if they send $5,000. The suspect gives instructions on where to send the first payment of $2,500. The victim is instructed not to call the police. Once the $2,500 is received the individual states that he will send the victim the name of the person who hired him to make the hit so the victim can't be targeted again. After receiving this information the victim is supposed to send the other $2,500."
Branson said the victim is told the person who hired him is a someone the victim would most likely consider "a friend".
Investigating the scam, Harbor Springs Police report the email in this case originated from a Hotmail electronic mail account. The HSPD have obtained a search warrant for the email account, Branson said.
"If you have never received something like this, even though it is obviously a scam, this can make an individual uncomfortable even if they think it most likely is a fraud," Branson noted.
"We have not seen this in Harbor Springs before but we have learned that it has been used in this area as well as other locations. People are encouraged to report these types of incidents," Branson said.
The Harbor Springs Police Department can be contacted at 231-526-6211 or call 9-1-1.