E-Mail Hit-Man Scam

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- It's a twist on the usual e-mail scam.

This one told a New Jersey man that if he paid up, the sender would cancel the contract that had been put out on his life.

Harry Whitworth opened his e-mail this week to find a message from a man who identified himself as Eddy. According to Eddy, he'd been hired to "terminate" Whitworth. But if Whitworth paid $8,000, the hit could be called off.

He was warned not to tell friends or relatives, since they could be part of the plot.

Whitworth says he's found there's been a similar scam in Arizona, with nearly identical e-mails filled with misspellings.

Still, he says prosecutors wanted to know if he'd been "involved in anything in the past that might have caused this to happen."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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