Death Threats by Text Are Fooling Some Very Gullible People

text Okay, here's a hypothetical situation for you: Let's say you get a text message from somebody you don't know. Let's say the text message says this: "Sum1 paid me to kill you. Get spared. 48 hours to pay $5,000. If you inform police or anybody death is promised. Email me now."

Would you: a.) Scream, drop your phone and call 911? b.) Immediately email the mysterious assassin with your credit card info? or c.) Laugh and delete the text?

Probably you chose "c." Am I right? Because obviously a cash-demanding death-threat-by-text is a scam. A scam which is apparently a huge problem right now in Australia, with authorities on high alert. But REALLY?! Who's gonna fall for something like this? I mean, remember the Nigerian prince email thing?!

Oh yeah. Remember the Nigerian prince email thing ...


And all the suckers who actually wired their life savings to someone anonymous person of dubious royal lineage? Who, in spite of presumably receiving the type of education that would come with royalty status, can't spell/type his way out of a paper bag?

Because people really did. (I saw them on Oprah. It was crazy!!) Which was very troubling to me, at the time, and the fact that people are reportedly falling for another, similar scheme troubles me as well. And I'm talking about functional, "normal" people, the type who know how to drive a car and make instant coffee and brush their teeth and yet ... have no grasp on reality.

I don't mean to be cruel or judgmental. We all have our gullible moments. Good thing for criminals, I guess.

Can you imagine ever falling for a scam like this one?


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