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Police investigating violent text messaging

There is a new scam that involves violent text messages according to Island police.

The Manitoulin OPP and Wiikwemkoong Tribal Police are investigating several incidents of violent phone messaging, which were received in Wiky just before 3 pm on January 15th.

OPP Constable John Hill says the messaging involves images of dead bodies and body parts.

He adds the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has issued an alert that there is a violent text messaging extortion scam where if payment is not sent, threats are made to individuals and/or their families.

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He says under no circumstances, respond to the message or send funds, but call police right away.

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at

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