JACKSON COUNTY, Mississippi — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is warning local resident of a new scam which the JCSO describes as “disturbing.”
According to a release, the JCSO has received notice from two residents who have, over the last few weeks, received text messages containing images of dismembered people and including the words “you’re next.”
The messages includes a demand for payment of $5,900. The sender claims to be the head of a criminal organization called the “Squadron R8 Cartel De Sinaloa.”
The actual Cartel de Sinaloa is a large international drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime syndicate established during the 1980s primarily based in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa, with operations in the Mexican states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora and Chihuahua.
Research reveals similar scams involving phone scammers posing as members of “cartels” dating back as far as 2009.
The JCSO advises not to answer the text and to block the number if such a text is received. The sheriff’s office also does not believe the scammer will come a residence, despite evidently knowing the address.