Warning about distressing 'emergency' text message scam

A warning has been issued over a new text message scam which has been described as distressing for its recipients.

The message, which has been reported to police multiple times, claims there is an “emergency” and urgent action is required.

“Please call me back right away. It is an emergency. I need your help!” one variant of the message reads.

When recipients call the unknown number back, they are then played an abusive recording.

An example of the scam. Source: Richmond Police District

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s ScamWatch issued a warning on Monday over the scam, despite there being no reported financial loss from the message so far.

“This is a new and emerging issue,” ScamWatch said.

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

“ScamWatch therefore advises that you exercise caution or do not respond to these text messages.”

Last month Richmond Police District warned of the same scam after one resident of Ballina in NSW received the message and called the number back to be greeted with over five minutes of swearing.

Richmond Police District advised recipients of the message to not reply and to block the caller.

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