Death threat text scam fails to bilk local man for $15,000

By Randy Wyrick

GYPSUM — A text message scam threatened a Gypsum man with assassination if he didn’t pay $15,000.The man, who has not been named, showed Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies a series of text messages claiming that the sender of those messages had been hired to kill him.Deputies made a series of controlled calls, and were told that if the man did not pay $15,000, he would be assassinated, the Sheriff’s Office said.The deputies tracked the text messages to a Google Voice account, and an unidentified person instructed detectives to send money through Western Union to a Paula Mandez in Columbus, Ohio.It’s …

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