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If You Receive This SMS From An Unknown Number, Delete It

A worrying new text message scam is targeting Australians.

The messages are being sent to thousands of mobile numbers, usually with text along the lines of "Please call me back. It's an emergency. I need your help."

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Australians who have fallen for this scam, and called the phone number have faced a scary barrage of verbal abuse.

Scamwatch, have called this a "new and emerging issue."

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission body has spoken about this scam too.

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

Police have tried to call the numbers back, but have found that calls made from private numbers do not get accepted

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