SCAM ALERT: Before you answer these messages be sure they're not a scam.
SCAM ALERT: Before you answer these messages be sure they're not a scam.

Be very cautious with emergency text messages

THERE is a spate of text messages going out asking for 'emergency' assistance, but when a person responds, they get a distressing message.

Scamwatch says the messages are coming from phone numbers not in a person's mobile phone contact list.

For example, the text message might read 'Please call me back right away. It is an Emergency I need your help!'.

"People who have called the number back report being verbally abused by a recording on the other end," Scamwatch advises. 

"This is a new and emerging issue.

"While people have not yet reported losing money as a result of these calls, you may find the content of the recording distressing."

People are being advised to exercise caution or don't respond to these text messages.


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