PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WXXV) — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is alerting citizens about a disturbing new scam involving text messages containing pictures of dismembered people.
The images are sent with the threat “You’re next,” unless a payment of $5,900 is made to the sender.
At least two citizens have been targeted by the scam over the last few weeks.
The person sending the messages claims to be the head of a criminal organization named the Squadron R8 Cartel De Sinaloa.
The sender also knew the names and addresses of the victims.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says, “Please be aware this is a scam and DO NOT answer the text in an attempt to send money. We advise you to block the number if you receive such a message.”