Cumbenauld Bitcoin warning after computer users go to police

Cumbernauld Police have stated that they have been dealing with two separate attempts at online extortion.

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 11:40 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 11:50 am

Communities Officer Neil MacLeod stressed that two individuals had contacted officers in the space of a weekend in regard to a suspicious message they had received on their computer,

As he believes that this is a crime that frequently goes unreported, he wants to make readers aware that this is simply a con.

He expained : “These emails threaten to expose the recipients via social media,

“However, they being quite vague about what they will expose them for. The request is made that the recipient transfer £2000 via Bitcoin transfer.

Anyone else who has received such e-mails is encouraged to report this to police.”

Thankfully neither recipient of the message parted with any cash.

The scam is a less matter-of-fact variation on another attempt to extort money - which claims to expose computer users amidst claims they have been viewing indecent material online.