Arbroath – 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 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.
Who do these people think they are? Really, grandma? YOU’RE going to be the victim of a hit? How conceited and unrealistically proud of yourself does one need to be to think someone out there would pay thousands of dollars to have them offed? What self-righteous shitty old tech ‘tards these people had to be to pay this guy. Yeah, they’re coming for you lady. They’re coming for you and that Tempur-Pedic bed and your pension from the sewing factory.
Even worse is how the authorities here are calling the scale of this scam “unprecedented”. He lied to our cellular phones! That’s UNPRECEDENTED! This is the dumbest, most brilliant scheme I’ve seen in a long time. Apparently America is the only country that tracks everything and could triangulate this dude back to his house in Nigeria and have him awaiting trial by 5PM.
“email@example.com” straight up baffling the Australian government and security personnel. Isn’t that country filled with English criminal offspring? How are they this dumb about crime?