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Newport Beach Police Department
Friday February 23rd, 2018 :: 09:00 a.m. PST

Scam Alert: "Blackmail Scams"

We have received several calls about a new nationwide scam lately… here are the details on how these blackmail scams work:

You get a letter in the mail from a unknown person.  When you read it, you find that the sender is demanding money (thousands of dollars).  Why? Because the sender “knows something about you”.

Here's what you can do:

  1. Stop. Don't send money. Never wire money on a prepaid debit card, or send cash to an unknown person.  You won't get it back.
  2. Pass this information on to a friend. You might know that these letters are fakes, but chances are that you know someone who doesn't.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam through the mail, please contact the Postal Inspector at 1-877-876-2455.

Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Emergency: 9-1-1

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