Watch out for the paedo letter scam
Usually sinister scams and ransom demands happen online these days, but 11 people in the Thames Valley have been subjected to an almost quaint letter campaign which threatens to expose them as paedophiles if they don’t give them bitcoins.
The letter, which claims to target ‘carefully selected’ victims, reads as follows:
‘If you do not follow these instructions to the letter you and your family will be subjected to a campaign that will include writing to your neighbours informing them of your love for young boys.
We will spread this rumour at your local school which will result in you, your family and your home becoming the target for attacks and vandalism.
Whether the rumours are true or not does not matter in the slightest. You know what people will think once we put the ideas in their heads? No smoke without fire is what they will think.
If you tell anyone else about this letter or its contents, for example the police then we will go ahead with the action and your family will go through hell’
Still awake? Also, PUNCTUATION! Tsk.
Anyway, then it asks the recipients to deposit two Bitcoins in a specific account and warns them they have 72 hours to comply.
Most of the targets have already reported the letters to the police, and Thames Valley police are investigating. They said:
‘This is a clear attempt at blackmail and we need to gather all the information we can to aid our investigation and trace the offenders behind these nasty letters.’
Honestly, what self respecting blackmailer uses letters these days? I mean, at least save yourself the price of a stamp and email it instead.