MARIN COUNTY (CBS SF) – Two Marin County residents have received a text message threatening their lives if they don’t pay $5,000, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

The area code for the phone number, 678, is assigned to the Atlanta, Georgia, metropolitan area, and that number has been used in previous scam attempts, the sheriff’s office said.

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The text message reads “I was paid to kill you and I have monitored you for one week, you have 48 hours to send me $5,000. I have networks world wide and will know if you report this to the police.”

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The sheriff’s office advises people not to respond to the threatening text message and to call the Marin County Sheriff’s Office at (415) 473-2311.

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