To begin, let me repeat an important point: scammers care for one thing only, and that is money - their greed overtakes all other emotions they may have, and brutally overrides conscience and compassion.
When they are close to losing a potential victim who has paid money to them, they turn to various forms of emotional blackmail, and attempt ugly threats in order to try and extort more money from their victims. It is akin to being mugged in the high street, but with one major difference: when the scammers do it by email, it is completely harmless. The threats include placing the victim on an alleged "hit list", and a threat to "expose" the victim because of their crimes, to the police, law enforcement and other governmental bodies.
When that fails, they turn to "death threats". Because the vast majority of these scammers have African roots, they call upon "juju" or "voodoo" to try and scare the victim into submission.
Let me make this absolutely clear: ANY SUCH THREATS MADE BY SCAMMERS THAT ALLEGEDLY INVOKE "JUJU" OR "VOODOO" IS COMPLETE AND UTTER BALDERDASH - IT IS A RUSE; JUST AS MUCH OF A SCAM AS THEIR INITIAL PROMISE OF MILLIONS.
No-one is at risk from these so-called death threats or curses. They are HARMLESS.
One such example was given to me by a relative of a victim, which was received by them after an attempt at police impersonation (the FBI) failed. With their kind permission, I reproduce the contents of the email below:
hello mrs XXXXX
due to a business between you and a fellow
associate in relation to pet,our brother was caught by
an unknown force of law and locked up.we went to
released him but we could not becaused the asked us
$2000 when we had $1400 only.so we need $600 in 3 days
to release our brother.he is like a father and mother
to us.he is the welldoer to us.so in three days we
need the sum mention above or we shall invoke jiruku
that is our african black juju and when you fail to
send the money then your life will stop.here is the
jiruku witch below.if you really value your life,just
try to to be smart and send the sum so we can released
our brother.you better catch the person who took your
money than our brother.so be careful.if you are
confuse about anything do mail back.
And this rather comical image was attached:
The email address from which this was sent was: email@example.com
- the IP address was 18.104.22.168
- a Skyvision connection in Cameroon.
In "scambaiting" communities, these death threats are considered somewhat of a trophy and, to be honest, I personally have received several of these in various forms.
Once again, let me reiterate: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DANGER FROM ANY OF THESE "CURSES" - THEY ARE SIMPLY MORE SCAMMERS' EMPTY THREATS, MORE LIES TO TRY TO BULLY VICTIMS INTO PAYING THEM MONEY.