International scam artists continue to up their game when it comes to scamming victims out of money or personal banking information. They use all of the latest technology to target unsuspecting people. Their ploys are often so sophisticated that law enforcement even has difficulty figuring out how from where the messages originated or who actually sent them. Even so, police say that you can recognize a text scam by looking for one key characteristic that most virtual scam artists use today.
The Frightening New Texting Scam Making Its Rounds
One of the newest scams involves receiving a text message demanding payment to stop your murder. The text message is brutally blunt in the way that it tells you that someone wants you dead and has hired a hit out on your life. It instructs you to wire money to a person overseas to stop your impending murder. The text also tells you that the message’s sender wants to spare your life but only if you do not make a report about the message to the police. If you report the text, you will be killed regardless of whether or not you wire the money.
This message sends chills down the spines of police. However, they also can tell right away that it is a scam because of one key characteristic. Like other scams that have made their way to the public via phone calls, emails, and now text messaging, it instructs you to wire money to an unknown recipient. The demand for wired money is the tip that you need to look for if or when you receive a message that sounds suspicious. Along with not wiring money, you should immediately report the text to your local police department.
You also should not give into the temptation to panic if you receive a text stating that you are going to be killed. This newest scam shows the level of threats that scam artists are willing to use to steal your money.
Knowing What to Look for in a Texting Scam
Along with knowing how to spot this newest scam text message making its rounds, you should know how to recognize scams that might find their way to you either by phone call or email. The government of all 50 states as well as the federal government have established websites and other online resources that you can refer to so that you avoid becoming a victim of virtual scam.
The primary characteristic that shows up in just about every form of email, text, or phone call scam is the demand for money to quell some sort of threat or crisis. Some of the more recent scams involved sending message to avoid arrest or to bail a relative out of jail. Some have even demanded money as a ransom to free a kidnapped loved one.
Other scams tell you to wire money to win prizes, claim lottery winnings, or enter raffles. Legitimate businesses and charities will not solicit your patronage through these types of messages. They may send you a letter; however, many of them invite you to their actual locations so you can view the prizes and winnings in person.
What to Do When Receiving a Text Scam?
These tell-tale signs should tip you off that you are being scammed if you receive one of these types of messages. It is crucial that you do not act by wiring money. Instead, you should report the message to your local law enforcement office and show the text or email to the police if possible. Your report helps the police find the sender and put a stop to the virtual scam.
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