Hitman Text Message Scam

Some are receiving scary text messages that appear to be from a hit man, saying that they have been hired to kill you. In order to spare your life, he asks you to contact him immediately and pay several thousand dollars. Of course, your life is not in danger. It's really a con trying to scare you into handing over money. This "hitman" scam has been around for a while, but its resurgence and use of text message are new. It was originally an email scam, but the shift in medium makes it more personal and intimidating.

Text message scams are becoming increasingly common. Here's what the Better Business Bureau says to do if you receive one:

· Hit delete: Ignore any instructions to text "STOP" or "NO" to prevent future texts. This is a common ploy by scammers to confirm they have a real, active phone number.

· Block them: Forward the texts to 7726 (this spells out SPAM on most keypads). This will alert your cellphone carrier to block future texts from those numbers.

· Report unwanted commercial texts to the Federal Trade Commission these include any unwanted messages that are selling products or impersonating a business.

· Any text messages that threaten physical harm should be reported to the local police.