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How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam

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“I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else. You can ignore this letter, or pay me a $8600 confidentiality fee in Bitcoin”.

It’s enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine, but these chilling words are part of a new scam targeting men.

Here’s how it works. Scammers have been sending letters to men, demanding payments using bitcoin in exchange for keeping quiet about alleged affairs. The letter also explains how to use bitcoin to make the payment.

This is a criminal extortion attempt to separate people from their money.

If you — or someone you know — gets a letter like this, report it immediately to your local police, and the FBI.

Threats, intimidation and high-pressure tactics are classic signs of a scam. Learn how to stay ahead of clever crooks with these practical tips, and check out the ways you can keep your personal information secure.

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I had that done 2 me 2 weeks ago they went in my samsung email I dont know if they opened up new one but I haven't opened email since he left tracks on my messages and data he was in their I seen the name richard Dunn 8060 so dont know what the hell is going on that's why I am not updating apps I reset my account and I dont want you taken over gmail u could be a verification account to google but their my main account right now he was in your store too I seen on phone in adds after flipping rocks over I found stuff out get back to me thanks yaz are Impossible to reach without email

I’m so upsetting after received an email like this last minute ago. I’m so shivering my spine and cannot believed that someone threaten me with such blackmail. So, in end, I reported this as phishing email. It’s such frightening when someone can actually recorded me while I doing on my computer. Of course I know that I don’t use my laptop last month even more than months ago.

Got one this morning- same story as everyone
That ive been recorded and my friends will be sent videos of me. Although i deleted social media weeks ago its still creepy... I deleted the spam email . Still paranoid to use my laptop though...

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