Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says there is a new text scam circulating around the area threatening an assassination on the recipients.
Maciol says the person sending the text claims they were hired to assassinate the person they’re texting, but they will spare them if they pay a ransom.
The texts have included personal information, like the recipient’s address, which has made them appear like more credible threats. However, Maciol says the scammers likely got the personal information from an online search.
People who receive these messages should not click on any links or respond with any personal or banking information, and report them to the sheriff’s office at 315-736-0141.