Halifax Regional Police say several people in the city have received text messages from someone claiming to be a hitman who has been hired to kill them.

The 'hitman' told the people he'll call off the job if they send large sums of money overseas. Police say the text messages are part of a scam.

Other police services in North America have seen similar messages arrive through mail, email and over the phone. 

Police are warning anyone who receives similar messages not to send money. They said they don't believe the people sending the messages actually have specific information about the purported targets.