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Latest e-mail scam: death threats.

For years, they played on greed.

E-mail scammers and spammers have long offered lavish rewards to those naive enough to post cash to spirit money out of a foreign country or to collect on a lottery ticket.

Now cyber-thieves are turning to a sharper edge: death threats and outright extortion.

Nothing new, I'm sure (the dregs of the "targeted spam" evolution), but maybe becoming a little more common? And I'm sure law enforcement never used to be quite so laid-back about the whole thing. What sort of tranquillizers are they slipping to the FBI agents these days? I think I need some.
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