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Evansville woman turns threatening email into authorities

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An Evansville woman claims she received an email from a professional hit man who said someone wanted her dead. 

Authorities looked into the report and say it's a scam that's been going around for years.

Leigh Ann Coats says she got the email on Sunday morning, minutes before going to church. It was sent to her by sellingoptions20@gmail.com.

It is still not known who is on the other end, but the sender claimed to be a professional hitman and said, 'Someone wants you dead.'

Even though she was told not to in the email, Coats called 911. Police told Coats what she had hoped to be true. The email is a part of a scam that has been going on since 2006 and the FBI is already aware of it.  

The investigator told Coats this non-threatening threat has been sent out to people across the county through email and text messages.  

"My initial thoughts were that it was probably a scam, but I had never received anything like this before. I had received emails, spam, about other things, people asking for money. It was obvious. This wasn't so obvious," Coats said.

Coats says that because it was not so obvious to her, she wants to alert others. Evansville Police Sergeant Jason Cullum says it is important for people to contact law enforcement to report such threats. 

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