NAPLES — A deadly serious email threat received by three Naples residents recently is nothing more than a hoax, police said Thursday.
Naples police are warning of a "hit man scam" email circulating in the past two weeks. In the email, an alleged hit man says the recipient will be killed if he or she doesn't pay a ransom. Police said there's no evidence to suggest the messages come from someone intending to commit murder or another violent crime.
Variations of the email have been circulating since 2007, police said. It's suggested recipients not reply to the email.
In a press release, Naples police sent a sample of the email circulating:
"You have no need of knowing who I am or where I am from. I know this may sound very surprising to you but it's the situation. I have been paid some ransom in advance to terminate you with some reasons listed to me by my employer. It's someone I believe you call a friend. I have followed you closely for a while now and have seen that you are innocent of the accusations leveled against you. Do not contact the police or try to send a copy of this to them, because if you do, I will know, and I might be pushed to do what I have been paid to do."