Sydney: People in Australia's New South Wales state are getting a mobile phone text message that warns them they will be killed unless they send USD 5,000 to an email address.

The message reads: "Sum 1 paid me to kill you. get spared, 48 hrs to pay USD 5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised... E-mail me now: killerking247@yahoo.com."Police have begun investigating the source of the text message, media reported on Monday.

"It appears to be a national text and we are now trying to source where it originated from", police said. Police, however, do not believe it poses a genuine threat and have urged people who receive the SMS to disregard it.

(Agencies)

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