WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington police warned Saturday of an extortion scam they have received reports of recently. The department shared a warning by the Portsmouth, N.H. Police Department about the scheme.
“If you receive emails like this, please do not make any payments or ￼click on any links,” the department recommended. “Just delete the message.￼”
In the scam, the scammer claims to have installed spyware that collected an embarrassing video of the target. The scammer demands that the victim make a $2000 “donation” in the form of bitcoin. In exchange, the scammer will delete the video.
An example of the full scam email is available below:
Christopher Huffaker can be reached at 412-265-8353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.