Police warn of text extortion scam

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Associated Press

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 17 at 7:57 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Police in Bowling Green are warning people not to respond should they receive a text message saying a contract has been put on their life and asking for money.

Officer Ronnie Ward told the Daily News (http://bit.ly/XnDowD ) that a woman in the city recently received such a message, but investigators could not track down where it originated.

Ward says the text message said there was a threat to the woman's life. The texter asked for $1,500 to be sent through Western Union and then another $1,500 after the first payment was received. Ward says the woman was promised protection from harm if she paid.

Ward says anyone receiving such a message should tell the sender to stop contacting them and file a report with the police.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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