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Threatening text-message scam resurfaces in Port Hueneme

PORT HUENEME, Calif. - The Port Hueneme Police Department is warning residents of a recently resurfaced texting scam dubbed the "Your Next" scam.

Police said the scammers usually claim to be from a cartel in Mexico. They then send "frightening and grotesque images" to try and get you to send them money through gift cards.

These scammers will even go so far as to threaten to kill you or your family if you do not send them the money.

These scam texts usually contain three attached images, some of which depict guns and one even showing a decapitated person.

Police said, if you receive these texts, you should never send any money.

While the scam messages may be alarming, officers said it's important to remember they are fake. You are advised to delete the texts immediately, block the number they came from and file a complaint with the FCC to report the scam.

A texting scam has resurfaced here in Port Hueneme in which the scammer uses frightening and grotesque images to try and...

Posted by Port Hueneme Police Department on Monday, April 26, 2021
Crime / Ventura County
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