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Police agencies in Australia are warning residents about text messages that have been sent to thousands there threatening death if they don't cough up $5,000.
Police in New South Wales, Queensland, and elsewhere said they don't believe the messages pose a genuine threat and advise recipients to delete them.
"Please understand that this is a scam, a very ugly attempt by fraudsters overseas to get your money," Det. Supt. Brian Hay of the Queensland Police Service said in a video statement.
Police released an example of the message: "Sum1 paid me to kill you. Get spared, 48hrs to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised."
The text directs the recipient to contact them via e-mail.
It's unknown how many people have been duped, however investigators said tens of thousands of Australians have received the messages and police have been flooded with complaints.
Police continue to investigate.