According to a Facebook post, the police are responding to reports of scammers sending an email or mailing a letter to County residents demanding payment in bitcoins. The author of the email or letter threatens to reveal a secret to the victim’s spouse if the bitcoin payment is not made.
The police urge any individual or organization that receives a similar email or letter to call the police non-emergency number at 301.279.8000 and to not respond to the email.
Bitcoin Blackmail Scam Warning:
MCP is warning residents of a bitcoin blackmail scam which has been reported as occurring in other parts of the country and is now occurring in the County. https://t.co/ecZ1oIYjjT pic.twitter.com/U1MfgDGlF7
— Montgomery Co Police (@mcpnews) May 30, 2018