Australians receive pay up or die death threats text messages

July 23rd, 2012 - 7:02 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Sydney, July 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Many Australians received a text message which asked them to pay up $5000 or die. Thousands of people got this message and many of them started panicking thinking about paying the money.

Police officials across Australia are looking for the culprits. They also issued alerts all over the country that people should not panic and they also assured the people that all such messages are fake.

The threatening SMS says, “Sum1 paid me to kill you. Get spared, 48hrs to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised.” And an Yahoo email id is also given in the SMS.

Detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the Queensland Police Service advised, “Do not respond. Delete it immediately and don’t panic, because that’s what they prey upon. What is extraordinary in these circumstances is the extent of contact across the Australian landscape. We’ve never seen this before. I’ve never seen this before.”

Despite the warnings of the police officials, there are bound to be a number of people who might have already fallen prey to the scam and coughed up $50,000 too, in order to save their lives.

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