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'Well-written' scam attempts shakedown of affluent men with threats of revealed secrets

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  1. lemmon714

    lemmon714 Former Member

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    WaPo
    ‘I know about the secret’: Men in affluent neighborhoods are getting shakedown letters

    Jeff Strohl’s stomach dropped when he checked his mail on July 21.

    “I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else,” a mysterious letter read. “More importantly, I have evidence of what you’ve been hiding.”

    The letterwriter, GreySquare15, threatened to expose a secret — unless Strohl wired the sender $15,750 in bitcoin.

    “First, it’s disbelief. Then, a sinking feeling in your stomach — you search your soul and say ‘What have I done? What secret is actually damning?’ ” Strohl said. “Then, you recognize, I don’t have anything that’s gonna bother me if other people knew.”
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    Tbone144 Well-Known Member

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    A friend of mine got one too, but they only wanted $400.
     

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    Jennifer17 On Time Out

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    Well, that one is certainly not well written. The errors in tense and omissions of articles tells you that this is not a native speaker.
     
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    sorrell skye Well-Known Member

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    It's probably the Russians.

    Why do people open emails from unknown senders? If I get an email from a name I don't recognize, I delete it immediately.
     
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    glamourkitty1922 Well-Known Member

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    Pity he couldn't wire a bag of poo to the blackmailer.
     
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    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    I read an article last week by a woman magazine writer who received a similar blackmail letter. Very creepy. Not just men.
     
  7. MsFacetious

    MsFacetious What a Kerfuffle...

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    I've seen a few news articles about it too. Varying amounts, blackmail and threats. Definitely not all men and definitely not all affluent.
     
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    Jennifer17 On Time Out

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    Just the scam of the month.
     
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    lemmon714 Former Member

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    Sounds lucrative, really. I need a franchise.
     

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