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.