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Posted By: The Fooles Troupe
02-Jul-08 - 12:07 AM
Thread Name: BS: A new wrinkle on Nigerian Scams
Subject: RE: BS: A new wrinkle on Nigerian Scams
Tried to create a new thread, but it would not take...
so will put it here for the moment..
SMS death threat text scam
Police warn of death threat text scam
July 2, 2008, 12:30 pm
Queensland Police are warning of a text message scam in which recipients are told they'll be killed unless they pay $5,000.
Police on Wednesday said thousands of mobile users nationwide had already received the threatening text message.
It reads: "Someone paid me to kill you. If you want me to spare you, I give you two days to pay $5,000".
"If you inform the police or anybody, you will die, I am monitoring you."
It is followed by numerous other messages asking for funds to be transferred via Western Union to the name Assana Mizele Patrick.
A Yahoo! website address with the username khun19 is also mentioned.
Western Australian Police have issued a similar warning about an SMS scam in which recipients are told they'll be killed unless they pay up.
Queensland's Fraud and Corporate Crimes Group Superintendent Brian Hay said mobile users should not be alarmed if they receive the SMS and should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
"In order to protect Australian consumers, Western Union have advised that they have blocked the transfer of all funds to the name stated in the text message. However, the scammers may change the name," Supt Hay said.