A California woman opened a rather strange looking email, and what she read was enough to make her call the sheriff's department, CBS station KOVR-TV reported.
"It was my only email. I thought, oh a Valentine email from a friend," said Paula Class. "I said look at this Bob, somebody sent us a death threat."
The email claims to be from a hitman who says he's been hired to kill Class and her family, but is willing to make a deal.
The Nevada County Sheriff's Department says they've seen similar emails in the past. They do not think it is a legitimate death threat, but more of a money making scheme.
"Nine out of ten times, it's from a Nigerian nut", stated officer Ronald Hamilton. "So we've had a 90% survival. I wouldn't worry about it too much."
"He wants $5,000 first, and then he will tell me who hired him to kill me," said Class. "It's very strange, very frightening."
Class said she is afraid someone else might fall for it.
"Or wind up as the tenth family and all of them killed."
"I'm here to warn other people don't fall for this; It's a scam," she said. "They just want your money. That tenth family thing is just their way they have to scare the other nine families, sort of an example."