Thames Valley Police are appealing for information after several residents in High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Hedgerley and Bourne End received blackmail letters.
Eleven people have reported letters like this to the police so far, in Maidenhead, Wycombe, Hedgerley and Bourne End.
The letters demanded them to purchase bitcoins from a specific account. The letters threaten that if the recipient does not purchase the bitcoins the blackmailer will spread rumours about them being a paedophile.
Police have reason to believe the letters may be linked.
Det Sgt Peter Wall from Force CID Maidenhead said: ‘Do not be alarmed if you receive a letter like this. Our advice is to try not to touch the letter too much so that it can be preserved for forensic examination and then call 101. Do not respond to the letter or purchase any of the bitcoins. Some people may simply discard letters like this when they receive them but for others it can be very distressing. This is a clear attempt at blackmail and we need to gather all the information we can to aid our investigation and trace the offenders behind these nasty letters. If anyone has any information about these letters or has received one, please contact me via the Thames Valley Police 24-hour enquiry line, 101..‘
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Further information can be found on the Thames Valley Alerts website.