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“Blackmail scam” continues in Greenwich: cops

August 30, 2018

GREENWICH — Extortion letters, with threats of blackmail, continue to turn up in the community.

The letters claim to have damaging information about married men, and the letter-writer seeks payment in cyber-currency in order to stay quiet.

The “blackmail scam” turned up in Greenwich in July, and it has been reported across the region. Another letter was received by a backcountry resident this week, who altered authorities on Wednesday.

“These things still turn up,” said police Lt. John Slusarz, “Send in $1,500 in Bitcoins, or evidence would be sent to his wife.”

The U.S. Post Office handles these extortion scams, not local police.

The letters have also been reported in New Canaan and Darien this month.

Authorities say the scam artists use a list they’ve obtained to send out hundreds or thousands of letters. The last batch of letters have been postmarked from Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.

Police say anyone who gets such a letter should put it in the trash.

rmarchant@greenwichtime.com

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