A scammer says he knows your secret.
You know, the one you don’t want anyone else, especially your spouse, to know. He’ll keep his mouth shut if you just pay him, he writes.
This hustle is making the rounds in Holmdel in the form of letters reported to police by several residents, authorities said.
On its Facebook page, Holmdel police on Wednesday issued a “SCAM ALERT”
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“Recently, several residents have received letters to their homes stating that the sender “knows their secrets” and will expose this secret to their spouse unless a specified amount of money is paid,” police said.
The fraudster instructs the person to pay via Bitcoin.
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“The sender mentions specific names and addresses in the letter,” the police said in its post. “This is happening all over the country, please do not respond to these letters.”
A police spokesman could not be reached for further comment. For more on how local police are fighting scams, watch the video at the top of this story.
David P. Willis: 732-643-4039; firstname.lastname@example.org; facebook.com/dpwillis732