MARATHON, Fla. – Officials in the Florida Keys are warning of an email scam that that claims to be from a "professional hit man" hired by a friend to kill the person receiving the document.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says it has recently had two reports of such an email.
The email warns the receiver against contacting police and includes the phrase "contact my email if you want to live."
The sheriff's office says the email warns that the victim is being watched. It also claims the threats will be extended to the person's family members if they don't follow the instructions.
Officials say the next step in the scam is likely to extort money.
Sheriff's officials say people should not respond to such an email.