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BPD receives multiple reports of text message scams

Posted at 3:53 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 21:57:30-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department has received several reports regarding community members receiving text messages from non-local area codes.

The text messages provide the address and name of the victim, and accuse the recipient of being involved in the solicitation of prostitution.

The scammer then sends a photograph of graphic violent content and threatens the receiver that unless the scammer is paid, that the victim and their family will be killed.

Based upon the number of reports, and different phone numbers associated with the same specific threats, this is a scam.

A reverse image search of the graphic photograph reveals it has been present on the internet since 2016.

The public is urged to never provide any bank account information, personal identifying information, or conduct wire transfers if you are approached in a similar fashion.

Anyone who has been the victim of this scam can make an online report at the Bakersfield Police Department portal.