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Hitman scammer targets Wilmington woman

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)-- She thought it was a simple Facebook message from a friend but it would turn out to be something far more sinister.

It was a proposal from a hit man offering to save a Wilmington woman’s life but for a price.

Janet Benton contacted us about a possible scam this afternoon and told us it was one that left her fearing for her life.

She says it started on Facebook and turned into text messages.

A man said he was hired to kill her by her best friend. Saying the only way to save her own life was to pay this mysterious person $1,500.

She said she wasn't sure what to make of it all but instantly got frightened and contacted police.

They have assured Benton that it was all a scam, given the grammatical issues in the text messages alone.

The question still lingers for her though, what if it’s not?

“I am still nervous,” Benton said, “my children are very upset, very upset, they're like mom maybe you need a gun. Maybe we need to go get you a gun. I'm like, you know, I think this is a scam.”

Benton says she wanted to make other people aware of the scam.

She told us the whole thing had her so frightened, she decided to spend the night with a friend.

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This lady doesn't even look

This lady doesn't even look nervous!! Stupid stupid stupid!!! Sometimes they just put anything in the news that's irrelevant!!

I tell you what lady...did a Bunker and HIDE!!!!

Send me $1.25...and I won't write a ton of criticism (remarks) of you getting your 15 minutes of fame by something as stupid as this. One more bit of advice for the Media...let people figure these types of situations out for themselves instead of thinking you (the Media) has to warn everyone from Cairo to Calcutta about scam artist. They are there...let people use their brains!!!

Facebook/Tweetards/Lardspread/Clumpdump/etc...and all the other social media programs that people just love to post all their personal info on...will in the long run...have some of these very same individuals (or so called Victims) looking for someone else to blame...yes...and to sue in court.
She should look into the mirror on her wall...I think she will find the answer to her own problem.
Thanks WWAY for my early morning laugh :-)

Thank you, sir, for typing

Thank you, sir, for typing out what I didn't yet. This woman's kids need to decide if they should trust her on her own at all. Really? It's a scam?? And for those of you not up to speed on "spoofing" - crawl back under your rocks - you won't get it anyway.

You Have Got to Be Kidding Me

The police determined that this was a scam because the "hitman" could not spell well??

I'm sure this IS a scam but to make that determination based on spelling is one of the biggest jokes I've heard all day, especially since the spelling ability of most law enforcement officers is equally bad.

Wilmington Observer

scammer

Whos number is on her screen? The 205 area code #. Easy to track what the hell are to cops talking about?? Reverse lookup and I got VERIZON WIRELESS - United States City: BIRMINGHAM
State: Alabama - AL

Not Relative

The number "on her screen" is not relative. I could place a call to your cellphone that would look like it was coming from your mother's telephone with ease.

Wilmington Observer