A widespread text message scam has this morning prompted a major spike in calls to local stations, the police assistance line and triple-0.
A widespread text message scam has this morning prompted a major spike in calls to local stations, the police assistance line and triple-0.

Dodgy text scam under investigation

THOUSANDS of people across NSW have this morning received threatening 'death threat' text messages, which are now the subject of a major police investigation.

NSW Police say the text messages threaten to extort money from the recipients and have prompted a major rise in calls to 000, the Police Assistant Line (131 444) and local police stations.

The texts reportedly demand that people pay $5,000 or face having a contract put on their lives.

Police say the origin of the message is under investigation; however, police do not believe it poses a genuine threat.

Anyone who receives the SMS should disregard it and report the incident to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

Meanwhile, Scam Watch has warned consumers not to respond to another fraudalent text messages that is circulating claiming you have a won a voucher.

After entering your mobile number into a web page which is linked to the message you are in fact agreeing to an expensive mobile premium SMS service.

Scam Watch advises the fraud starts with a text message congratulating you on winning a competition voucher, sporting the logo of a well-known company or product.

The texts provide you with a code to enter into a website to claim your voucher.

Once the code is entered you are redirected to another webpage confirming your win and requesting you to enter your mobile phone number.

It has been reported once you enter your mobile number you are effectively signing up to the expensive text service, which is often hard to unsubscribe from. 

Scam watch advises people send their mobile phone details to unsolicited SMS and never to enter your phone number into a website.  



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