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Australia: Hoax text and email threatens recipient with death


More than 100 people have contacted South Australian police after receiving a threatening email or text message saying they are being targeted by a killer.

Police say the emails and texts on Monday include the line: "Sum1 paid me to kill you. get spared, 48hrs to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised...E-mail me now: killerking247@yahoo.com."

A spokesman says police are treating it as a scam and there is no need for more people to file a report.

"Please delete the message. Do not pay any money, there is no need to be alarmed," the spokesman said.

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