Old school scammers are up to some spooky tricks in October.
A resident in Winters has reported receiving an extortion letter in their mail box. Not content with online scams, this blast from the past includes a double sided extortion scam letter. The scammer threatens to expose a horrible secret affair unless the letter reader goes through a 19 step instruction to deposit untraceable bitcoin in the scammers account. If they choose to ignore the letter, the scammer threatens to expose their secret to the world. The letter itself has no return address and, in the example turned into the department, was postmarked in Nashville Tennessee. If you are among the recipients of this letter, your identity does not appear to be compromised. Information in the letter sticks to public records (name, address, and city) similar to White Pages entries. The language of the letter also seems to be from some kind of scammer template, only the names and amount of money change.
This type of scam has been widely reported on, additional articles and example letters can be found by using the search terms “extortion letters bitcoin.” If you are a recipient of a letter, please report the incident directly to the US Postal Inspectors at the following link https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/filecomplaint.aspx