Last year I received the following lovely e-mail….
On 21 November 2018 at 13:41:06, email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: Hi, David
If you’ve recently been much more careful, you would not have received this message. I really do not consider that cheating is a rare issue, but if your partner discovers regarding it, and also all your family, buddies on The facebook in conjunction with images and video, i truly doubt that they might enjoy it.
I have been following your ass, lately, and have been shooting pics of what you do in your spare time. In my opinion your friends and family aren’t going to be pleased if they find out real truth. I’ve been right after you throughout the town for a week, and have plenty of facts to mess up your entire xxxx life.
U have only a single opportunity to repair it all … I’m giving you 24 hours to send me 4800 dollars. This will be good enough for me personally to leave you alone forever. It’s up to you to make the decision and pick at this point.
This really is your final choice, if you wish me to forget about this whole stuff, then the following is my btc wallet: 185geyuQhxxdYNEvVG7abRdTJTuWBuL8d6 (BTC)
Never try to get hold of me or the officials, I use hacked mail box to ensure that the authorities won’t be able to find me, otherwise I will immediately send shots and videos to everybody you ever knew.
After opening this message, you have only one day, I am checking my btc account wallet regularly, if in time period provided I don’t obtain anything, I am going to react.
Do Not Reply to This Email – This is trydisposable email.
Dear Chow (or whoever you are),
I’m afraid that you have wasted your time trying to con money out of me. I have been thinking about your threat to expose what I do in my spare time. I do confess that there are one or two things that I feel a wee bit guilty for – I occasionally pop into McDonalds for a sausage, egg and cheese bagel breakfast. Sometimes at the office I watch a YouTube video (not I suspect the type you would want, but if you want to blackmail me for occasionally watching Britain’s Got Talent or Jacob Rees-Mogg or the one I feel guiltiest about, God TV, then feel free…I’ll come clean) and sometimes when I would be better of praying, I sit and play a game of chess on my Iphone. As regards what I do around town….you will find me in the Sicilian cafe, the Tartan and Blend. There I meet with many different men and women, my brothers and sisters in Christ (or those I long to become my brothers and sisters) – sorry but the only romantic assignations are with my wife…
Occasionally I yield to temptation I do like to walk the streets and try to take a different route to work everyday – but that’s because I like to pray for the city as I walk through it. I will also confess that I am a bit of a voyeur – I love people watching. I am fascinated by people, their faces and stories. But again I doubt that is what you are referring to. I also love going to the cinema – the only trouble for you is that I go to the DCA with my wife to watch real ‘arty’ films as well as mainstream ones. You can often read the reviews on this blog – Saturday Review 1 – Stan and Ollie; Middlemarch; Les Miserables
I don’t do internet porn, I don’t secretly drink (although I do have an occasional dram) and I don’t meet with secret societies. You will often find me meeting in public, quite openly, with my Christian brothers and sisters. You are welcome to come and join us anytime.
In short I’m afraid that there is nothing for you to blackmail me about. Your scam and lies just do not work here. Note that I am not claiming perfection. I am a sinner (someone whose heart is black and whose life is tainted by the sins of self, pride, greed etc) but there is nothing I could pay that would cover those up. And there is nothing you could do to cover up or pay for my sin. Thankfully someone has paid the price for my sin. In the words of a song we sing;
Jesus paid it all,
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
And when before the throne
I stand in him complete
Jesus died my soul to save
My lips shall still repeat
I am far worse than you suggest, and far more loved than you could ever imagine. Your attempt at blackmail is weak, ignorant, fearful and evil. I urge you simply to think about your own conduct and your own life. I don’t threaten you and I would never attempt to blackmail you. But I do urge you to think about the fact that one day you will stand before the judgement seat of God and there have to give account of every deed done, whether good or evil (including the evil of attempting to exploit and blackmail innocent people). You won’t be able to bribe your way out of that one. So I urge you freely to turn and seek Christ….
“Come, all of you who thirst, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without cost! Why spend money on that which is not bread, and your labor on that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of foods.…(Isaiah 55:1-2).
May God forgive you, and may you come to know Christ,