Violent extortion scams are scams where fraudsters attempt to obtain money, property, or service from a victim through deception, intimidation, false claims, or scare tactics. Violent extortion text messages are text messages that victims may receive claiming that a victim has used a service that the victim has not paid for and if the victim does not pay the fraudster, the victim and their family may be targeted and harmed. Some of these messages may even include photos of weapons as an attempt to intimidate and scare victims. In the majority of cases, victims that have received these text messages have never used the service that the fraudster is claiming that the victim used.
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During extortion scams, scammers may be aggressive or use threats to obtain money or property from you.
Scammers often claim that you owe money for a product or service you never bought or used, but use intimidation, threats, and pressure to induce panic and uncertainty as to whether you do owe money for a product or service.
If you receive threatening messages or violent requests, you should respond to the messages and comply with the requests to save yourself.