A New Scam on the Rise: Blackmailing for Bitcoins
Daniel Levinson was a recent target of a scam that involved withholding a secret of his in exchange for $8150 in Bitcoin. A letter, which was addressed to Levinson’s San Francisco home included details of his street, and the necessary steps, namely 19 of them, that would help the gentleman purchase and transfer the requested payment in a safe and sound method. You can see the video interview here which outlines and details it all.
According to Levinson, the letter stated,
“My name is BlackDoor-82 and I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else. More importantly, I have evidence of what you have been hiding. I won’t go into specifics here in case your wife intercepts this, but you know what I am talking about.”
His immediate reaction entailed figuring out what the letter meant. While he was certain that he did not cheat on Nora, his wife of almost 25 years, he began to wonder whether an unintentional event might have caused someone to write this. Regardless, he made sure to confide about the letter to Nora, FBI, and the Postal Service to name a few.
Upon reading the letter, Nora apparently couldn’t hold back her laugh, but was also angered by the “number of threats” right before her eyes. She also argued that she would have not believed such accusations to begin with.
She precisely stated, “We talk about everything. I don’t think there’s anything he does that I don’t already know about.”
Such letters have allegedly been spreading since November 2017, making it a problem that needs to be taken care of immediately. Many have compared this scam to the likes of the Ashley Madison, where married men caught using the dating website were blackmailed for their choices made.
What’s ironic about this situation is the fact that the scammer provided a complete how-to guide to ensure that Levinson does not get scammed by a third-party while attempting to make the demanded payment!
Nonetheless, what seems to be the main concern for both Levinson and Nora, is that someone was able to trace them right down to their home and the street in which they reside. The letter also aforesaid,
“You don’t know me personally and nobody hired me to look into you… It is just your bad luck that I stumbled across your misadventures while working a job around San Francisco.”
Levinson believes that he has made it as public as possible, to ensure that other victims are not pressured into falling for such scams. It is normal for individuals to believe what’s written in such letters, especially if it includes threats related to one’s probable past.
Based on the claims made, both Nora and her husband have reached out to “7 On Your Side”, so that their viewers are made aware of the different types of scams out there.