Police: 'I know you cheated on your wife' letters are a scam - KMOV.com

Police: 'I know you cheated on your wife' letters are a scam

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An example of the letter Creve Coeur residents are finding in their mailboxes ('SCAM' added by KMOV). (Credit: Creve Coeur Police Department) An example of the letter Creve Coeur residents are finding in their mailboxes ('SCAM' added by KMOV). (Credit: Creve Coeur Police Department)
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Creve Coeur Police are warning of a blackmail scam that’s asking their residents to send money in order to keep their infidelities quiet.

Creve Coeur residents are receiving letters in the mail stating that the sender knows that the resident cheated on their wife and demands the recipient to send money in order for their secret to stay quiet.  

As of Tuesday, Creve Coeur Police have a received multiple reports of residents receiving this letter just since Monday. It's unknown how the scammers are selecting their victims. 

According to police, the letter will often state, “I know you cheated on your wife” and “I have evidence of the infidelity.” The sender then gives the receiver an ultimatum to do nothing and allow their secret to get out or to send a certain monetary amount and they will destroy the evidence. Creve Coeur Police tell News 4 the scammers are demanding the payment be in crypto or virtual currencies. Police believe the scammers are thinking it will be difficult for law enforcement agencies to track the transactions that way. 

Police are warning DO NOT send money. If you receive one of these letters, police are asking you to contact them immediately.

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