Pamela Levy was opening her mail when she came across a threatening extortion letter addressed to her husband.
“My husband wasn’t there with me at the time, and I called him up and said, ‘Oh, you’re not going to believe what just came in the mail,'” the wife told KGW.
The typed letter from an anonymous source wrote that they knew the secret he was keeping from his wife and threatened to spill the beans if he didn’t pay up. This may sound scary for many people, but Pamela and her husband are happily married and didn’t have any deep, dark secrets.
As you can probably guess, the entire blackmail letter was a bogus scam trying to get $3,600 from the Levys.
“I knew instantly it was a scam, and I called my husband, and he knew instantly it was a scam, and we both started laughing about it,” Pamela said. “But as a concerned citizen, I started to be really worried about all the people who might not know it was a scam.”
The FBI reported that the scammers use your name and location to make it seem like they actually know something you’re hiding. “The more information somebody has, the more effective it is,” FBI special agent Loren “Renn” Cannon said. “It’s the kind of threat that may ring true for a small selection of those — where they may actually decide, ‘I’m going to go ahead and send some cash.'”
Luckily, the wife and husband didn’t fork over any money. While the police are involved, it’s pretty hard to catch someone who is using extortion to make money.
KGW suggests visiting the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center here if you get one of these letters.
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