Members of the public are being warned about a spate of text messages asking for emergency assistance.
Scamwatch says these messages are coming from phone numbers not in your mobile contacts. For example, the text message might read, ‘Please call me back right away. It is an Emergency I need your help!’
People who have called the number back report being verbally abused by a recording on the other end.
This is a new and emerging issue, Scamwatch says.
While people have not yet reported losing money as a result of these calls, you may find the content of the recording distressing. Scamwatch advises people to exercise caution or do not respond to these text messages.