A hoax text message from a self-proclaimed hitman was sent to thousands of people around the country. It warned them to not contact the police, under threat of death.
The government has advised anyone who has received emails or text messages to ignore them and not engage or send money to the scammer(s). If you have received the text, you’re advised to report it to the government’s SCAMWatch page or call the ACCC Infocentre on 1300 302 502 with details of the text and phone number.
Here’s an example of the message. Have you been affected?
“Sum1 paid me to kill you. get spared, 48hrs to pay $US5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised. E-mail me now: firstname.lastname@example.org”