The Australian Communications and Media Authority has recently issued an alert warning consumers about SMS messages of death threats or winnings in competitions.
“The messages often ask recipients to click links to websites or contact international phone numbers or suspicious email addresses in order to claim their prize or pay an amount of money,” the ACMA alert said.
“Examples of the messages reported to the ACMA are:
“You are Australia’s winner. Your number has been chosen to receive a free gift. Go to [website] to claim it today.
“The Entry You Made Last Month May Have WON! Go to [website] to claim the prize. You have 24hrs to claim. Reply STOP to Optout.
“Your mobile# has Won ?1,000,000 Pounds in Nokia Free Lotto Promo. Ref NK672. For claims Email your Name, Mobile to: [email] tel: [phone number]
“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: [email address]”
ACMA advised that consumers should not respond to the messages, click links in them or call or email in reponse.
The best approach, said ACMA, is to ignore the messages or report them to ACMA’s Spam SMS Service on 0429 999 888 and delete them.