The Haliburton Highlands OPP believes there is a new scam in the area.

Yesterday, a resident received a threatening email, with the writer saying they were hired by the victim’s friend to have them killed.

Officials say they proceeded to ask for money.

Police want residents to not open e-mails from people they do not know.

OPP say a resident in Kawartha Lakes also received the same type of email.

If you have received an email like this, you are being asked to contact the OPP.