Threatening letters a scam, Halton police say


Published October 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Scammers are trying to extort money from Halton Region residents by sending threatening letters.

Halton Regional Police say the threats are bogus, and you should let them know about it.

The scam has been circulating throughout the GTA, but has only hit Halton recently.

In the letter, the potential victim is told they are being targeted for violence by a friend.

The sender says he is the one that has been hired to carry out the deed, but promises to back off and reveal who is behind the threat if money is sent. They ask for payment by untraceable Bitcoin.

“These extortion letters can be convincing, and are often tailored to an occupant of the residence,” say police adding the letter usually arrives by regular mail through Canada Post.

Police say they have received numerous complaints about this operation and warn the public that it is not real, to not follow any of the instructions given or send money in any format.

Police say if you receive this letter and would like to report it, please contact them at the non-emergency line at 905-825-4747. As well, if you have fallen victim to this scam and made a payment, please contact them.

The investigation into who is behind the scam is ongoing.

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