Death threat SMS scam

Have you received an SMS from a paid killer demanding $5000 in exchange for your life?

Yesterday a large number of Australians received an SMS telling them that someone had paid for them to be killed and they would be spared if they paid $5000.

Nicknamed the ‘hitman’ scam, this type of scam has been circulating sporadically for a number of years by SMS and email. Typically, the scammer claims to have been paid to assassinate the SMS/email recipient and that the person has a certain time frame to pay money an amount of money to not have the hitman go through with it. The scammer also claims that they are monitoring the person and any attempt to contact the police will result in the hitman going through with the kill.

This type of scam is rarely used and due to the infrequency of use, is very effective in scaring victims into believing they are being targeted and resulting in the money being paid. There is no need to contact the police as they are currently looking into the scam. It is however, important to let your friends and family know about this scam as one of them may have received the SMS and been too afraid to tell anyone

For details of this and other scams currently doing the rounds, visit Scamwatch.gov.au





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    Boof
    24th Jul 2012
    4:35pm
    Just reply to SCAM and tell them you have been offered double that to Kill them and tell them to send you the money within one week, or else they're cactus.
    Fight "Fire" with "Fire". We know it is B.S. but treat it with the contempt that it, is due.
    slapsy
    24th Jul 2012
    4:58pm
    How do you reply????????
    sandyfaye
    26th Jul 2012
    11:13am
    Aaron is right. Don't reply. Forward the email without change or comment to the ACMA - 0429 999 888.

    Remember this - ignore it, report it and delete it.....

    24th Jul 2012
    8:21pm
    DON'T reply to this scammer, as it only verifies your phone number as a valid number to him. He will promptly pass your number onto 100,000 other scammers - who will pay him to get these valid numbers - and then you'll be bombarded with more scammers texts and scammers calls.
    Treat the text with the contempt it deserves, and just delete it.
    buby
    24th Jul 2012
    8:37pm
    yes aaron that would be wiser.

    24th Jul 2012
    10:51pm
    Best advice of the day, in the last paragraph of this story - http://www.news.com.au/technology/mobile-phone-users-swamped-with-scam-text-messages/story-e6frfro0-1226434118049


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