Brookline police are warning against an ongoing mail scam involving letters that demand large sums of Bitcoin from area residents.
The letters instruct recipients to send the scammers the Bitcoin, or those responsible will leak victims’ “secrets,” police said.
In a sample scam letter posted online by Brookline police, the scammer said that while working in Brookline, they discovered a secret the victim is hiding from his or her wife, and demanded $4,500 to be transferred to their Bitcoin address. The payment would be a “confidentiality fee” to maintain the victim’s secret, the scammer wrote.
If the recipient ignores the letter, the scammer wrote, “I will take this evidence and send it to your wife.”