Australian death threat text scam under investigation
Posted: 25 July 2012 11:36 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Thousands of Australians have received a “death threat” text, demanding they pay 5,000 Australian dollars ($5,140, £3,311) or face being murdered.

The scale of the scam has surprised the police authorities.

At a press conference in Queensland, Det Supt Brian Hay said: “Do not respond. Delete it immediately and don’t panic… because that’s what they prey upon.”

The fraud is believed to be the work of an organised crime gang.
Huge scale

The message, which began to hit people’s phones on Monday, reads: “Sum1 paid me to kill you. Get spared, 48hrs to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised.”

It directs people to a Yahoo email account which police have now disabled.

Mr Hay told reporters that enquiries were ongoing as to whether the criminals were based in Australia.

Some people had already fallen for the scam, mainly those with little experience of text messaging, he revealed.

He said that the scale of the scam was “unprecedented”.

“We’ve never see this anything like this before - to have so many people contacted at the same time.”

“There is an extraordinary amount of Australian consumer data that they are exploiting,” he added.

He added that the scam was likely to be the work of organised criminals rather than an individual.

Source: BBC News

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Posted: 26 July 2012 07:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I could’ve sworn this happened a few months back, and Alex had put it up on the main site…

Turns out I was thinking of the second item on this entry.

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Posted: 29 July 2012 01:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Didn’t Flora get one of those a few years ago?

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Posted: 29 July 2012 02:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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You mean, a deatha-vue?

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Posted: 30 July 2012 05:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Madmouse - 29 July 2012 01:33 PM

Didn’t Flora get one of those a few years ago?

If she did, she didn’t mention it on here, as far as I can tell.

Unless there was an email version a while back, and she had one of them?

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