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Malicious Communications is where someone sends a letter or any other form of communication that is indecent or grossly offensive, threatening, or contains information which is false or believed to be false.  The purpose for sending it is to cause distress or anxiety to the person it is sent to. 

An offence of Malicious Communications occurs as soon as the communication is sent, and does not even have to be received by the intended person.  It is the sending and intent of the offender which counts as an offence.

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I have been sent malicious communications via a letter, social media, a phone call, a message or something else
I am receiving hoax calls
Someone I know has been sent malicious communications
Your situation
I am under 16
This has happened more than once
I do not speak English very well
I feel I've been targeted for a particular reason
The person who did this
I know who is doing this
I’m related to the person
I don’t know the suspect but I do have a description
I don't have a name or description of the person, but I have other details, such as their number plate or social media details
Someone I know has details about who did this
There is video footage or photos
There is evidence which could identify the person responsible
The suspect left something behind
There are verbal, written or online comments
This is affecting my mental or physical health
I'm worried I may be overreacting
I'm worried about going to court
Should I destroy or delete the communications?
I’m still not sure what type of communication could be malicious
I am considering confronting the suspect
I'm unsure whether to tell anyone what is happening to me?
I don’t know why I’m being sent these messages
I don’t want to involve the police