Cellphone users in Maryland have been reporting receiving mysterious death threats via text messages. Imagine the terror of getting a message from an unfamiliar sender that reads: “I’ve been paid to kill you but wish to spare you, inform the police or anyone else you will die, to be spared contact email@example.com immediately via email.”
According to ABC 2 News, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office has had a number of complaints from residents since Tuesday. Along with the sheriff’s office, the Maryland State Police, and Baltimore City Police are also looking into the troubling complaints. Residents as far north as York, Pennsylvania, have also received the disturbing messages.
Authorities have an important warning for recipients – do not attempt to reply to or message the email address attached.
In a release posted to the Maryland State Police Facebook page, troopers told residents: “DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS TEXT!”
Investigators say if users reply to the message, every single thing from your cell phone will be downloaded. Authorities are hoping to get the word out across the state and beyond to protect users.
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