WARNING! Please Read.

Good morning everyone! This is a rather different post today but one that I need to write. Some of you know that I have been getting some bad comments lately, beyond negative. They have been abusive and hateful, tearing me and my blog down as much as they could. I’m sure you all know that I don’t write to hurt anyone, I am not hateful toward anyone nor do I try to put down people or tear them down in any way. These comments always come at night when I can’t deal with them unfortunately. But others have seen them and because of these comments I have lost many readers, which is terribly unfortunate. Again, I would never say or do anything to hurt any of you. I love you all and I’m very thankful that you are willing to take time out of your day to read my blog.

I came very close to shutting my blog down completely the beginning of this month, but right then some of you contacted me with very encouraging emails. So I’m still here. Fortunately I now have things set so these comments are going straight to spam. Due to the nature of the comments I can’t share them, I want to keep my blog family friendly. However, this morning one of these people sent me an email through my contact page which is shared below. I’m not really sure what they could do to me, all I have is a blog, not a business. But who knows? I don’t know how serious they are, but they have given me an ultimatum and I don’t plan on giving in to them. I just wanted everyone to know, it could happen to others and we need to support each other. Here is the email:

Name: AndrewTaunc

Email:christyharper@hotmail.com

Website:

Comment: Your reputation and business are at stake!

We on your behalf in the message your website address stevescountry.com and your contact information (including in social. Networks and messengers) will send:

+ on 15,897,318 sites, threats with insults to site owners, US residents, Europeans, LGBT and BLM.

+ 790,000 messages to bloggers with threats and insults

+ 2 367 896 public figures and politicians (from the USA and Europe) with threats and insults

+ 70,000 negative reviews about you and your website stevescountry.com

+ 23 467 849 contact forms of sites with threats and insults

+ 150,000 emails messages to people with disabilities with threats and insults, many of them will definitely sue you

+ 57000 emails of messages to veterans with threats and insults, FOR THIS YOU WILL BE EXACTLY SITTED

Following from all of the above, you will get a lot of losses:

+ an abuse from spam house, amazon and many webmasters (for spam, insults and threats) will come to your site stevescountry.com, as a result, your domain will be banned and blacklisted

+ people will sue you because you threatened and humiliated them

+ in court you will not prove anything, everything will look as if you did it all, MOST YOU WILL GO TO PRISON

+ internet will be inundated with negative reviews about you and your website stevescountry.com

+ threats and reprisals from BLM and LGBT community members, in fact, these are dangerous community guys

Total: you will lose your business, all your money, you will spend on lawyers and compensation for court decisions, you will go to jail, your life will turn to hell …

We already have everything ready to launch all of the above, but we decided to give you a chance to avoid all this, you can buy off a small amount of money.

Make a payment, transfer 0.39 Bitcoins to this address

1JDYfBMP3vg8TcuFuwSHc1Wop3rREqupC4

We are waiting for the transfer from you until November 27, on Saturday November 28, if payment does not come from you, we will begin to destroy your business and you along with it.

There it is with their names above which I recognize from the comments that I have been receiving. By the way, .39 bitcoins=9,835 Canadian dollars. Amazing what people will do. Anyway, if my blog disappears suddenly, you will know why. Thank you for reading and for your continued support!

Steve and Muffin.

132 Comments on “WARNING! Please Read.

  1. OMG 😳 Seriously? I can’t believe this 😟 I don’t know how serious this email is, have you contacted anyone about this? πŸ€” in my country, I haven’t faced such emails. But I know what they wanted, they are trying to steal from you, you can report in cyber crime. As simple as that, I’m sure cyber crime team will kick their ass and put them in the right place. Not to worry Steve, have your data downloaded and secure it safely, we can always come back πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ Silly people, having no purpose of living, stealing is the worst thing one can do, and if I get such notification I will ensure they go behind prison 😎

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      • yes, they should be taught a lesson, I’m a collection guy, I get lot of threats, and I’ll always ensure they get what they deserve ☺️ Don’t hesitate to teach lessons, these emailers definitely needed a huge treat.

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      • 😳No one can mess with me? don’t say that here 🀫 I follow laws and that helps 🀠 But Money plays a lot 😾😟 That’s a sad truthπŸ™„

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    • Hi Simon, I have just been in touch with our cyber crime team here and they are looking into it. They gave the usual warning not to get in touch with these people in any way because that would give them more info to use against me. Right now they don’t know my email since they used my contact page. Likely just a scam that won’t turn out to be any kind of problem, but sometimes they do cause problems for people. Have to wait and see, hopefully it’s nothing. Have a good night Simon!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΊπŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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      • πŸ˜ƒ that’s a good news, cyber crime team 😎 I know they will help πŸ€“ let’s see Steve, Let’s hope all ends well πŸ˜ƒπŸ€— It will be nothing πŸ€—Have a good Night πŸ€—

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  2. This is a terrible thing to have happen to you. You are one of the sweetest persons out there.
    There is no rhyme or reason for the meanness and bullying you are experiencing.
    I have mo advice on how to manage this, I wish I knew how to help in this.

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  3. So sorry you’ve had to experience this Steve! Its deeply troubling that there are people who do this to scare others. We know the real you and we will stick by you. I hope this ordeal ends very soon for you and thank you for warning everyone πŸ’š

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    • Thank you so much Ami! I reported the matter to our cyber crime unit and they are looking into it. This email was likely sent to many bloggers/individuals and unfortunately some will give in and pay. So it’s important to let people know. Thanks again, have a great day!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ί

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  4. Oh my gosh Steve… my heart aches for you. I sometimes receive emails from spammers and god knows what they do because anyone can invent an email and contact other sites using your website as some kind of “contact this website if you want to know more”, but this email you got is disturbing.

    I haven’t been in your blog a lot this month since I’m caught up with my own writing for Nanowrimo, so I haven’t seen these abusive comments. However, do you not moderate your comments for newcomers? But then again, you’ll still see them. 😟

    You’re a treasure Steve. Us who love you and Muffin know you never want to harm anyone, please stay strong. Sorry, I can’t think of anything else to say 😦

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Jessica! Yes, I do moderate comments from new people, but these were coming from people who had made comments before that were okay. A deliberate move so they could get their abusive comments through for people to see. I called our cyber crime unit and they are looking into it, likely just scam and probably sent to thousands of people hoping to get some to respond, unfortunately some always do, so it’s important to bring these things out in the open.
      Thanks again Jessica, you’re a great encouragement, have a beautiful day!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸ˜»πŸŒž

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      • Wow, so horrible. But true, sometimes it’s okay to show their dirt in public.
        I’m glad I could give some encouragement. I should be able to binge-read your blog in December, until then I’m pushing 20/20 in reserved haha πŸ˜€ Stay happy with Muffin! πŸ˜˜πŸ€— Wish you a bright and sunny day. 🌞

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      • Thanks Jessica! It is a nice cloudy day with the sun shining brightly! And Muffin is having her morning nap. Have a great day!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜»πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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  5. please report such to WP. most of these type of contacts are just spammers looking to get $$ from you. cyber bulling is a big problem and your local police should also be alerted. stay strong!

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    • Yes, I contacted our cyber security unit, they said it was likely just a scam looking for money, but not to click on anything or answer them. That can sometimes unleash a virus or malware. Plus it gives them a person’s email which they can use for other purposes.
      Thanks Buddy, have a nice evening!😷😺

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  6. Looks like a scam email and comments.
    Make sure to talk with WP engineers about this. I’m sure you’re not the only one impacted by this.
    The fact they are asking for money shows it’s a scam.
    Submit all emails and comments to WP engineers as well as keep a record of it in your personal email.

    I don’t believe this is serious, because they want you to send them money. I am confident your website is safe just don’t respond back.
    Keep a record of everything coming your way.

    I will keep you in prayer! As well as pray this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

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    • Thank you for praying Tiffany. Apparently others have gotten this same scam email. I reported it to our local cyber security unit, they were thankful I did, now they can send out a warning to others in our area.
      Those things can have other hidden dangers too if clicking on anything or answering them which a lot of people do unfortunately. The 2 names mentioned in the email are 2 of the ones that had been sending me abusive comments too.
      Have a nice evening Tiffany!πŸ˜€πŸŒ™
      Meow, meow=Hi Tiffany!😸

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  7. I recieved the same from the same address. I am just ignoring it. They only have power over you if you give it to them! Stay strong.. those that know you also know you wouldn’t do those things or write things like that. I’m not going anywhere! Where else can I laugh like I do on your site?? πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚βœŠπŸ’ͺ

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  8. Steve, agree with many of the comments. Contact Word Press and your local law enforcement to find out how Canada combats internet fraud. This is internet crime!

    We praise you Father God that you are holy and hear and answer our prayers Give Steve your wisdom on how to proceed. Thank you for your wonderful strategy.. In the name of Jesus the Christ, I request our Father in Heaven, to send angels on assignment, to protect Steve’s internet domain, his website, his identity, assets, his honor, peace of mind, and all that concerns Steve!

    No weapon formed against Steve will prosper and we pull down all voices raised against him. All the traps that these individuals set for Steve, they will fall into themselves.. Expose all their hiding place by your light and convict them ,with the fear of the LORD.

    I thank and praise you for being the LORD of Heaven’s Armies and for sending an angel to defend Steve and route the enemy. Steve is your child and you protect him with your mighty right hand. Praise of you and thankfulness is our weapon. The blood of Jesus surrounds Steve and protects hm from evil.

    We praise you, Father God for your mighty protection of Steve and Muffin and everything concerning them. Glory to your name! The enemy of Steve must cease and desist all threats, criminal behavior and lies , now in the mighty name of Jesus! Praise God! Steve dwells in his Heavenly Father’s presence and is protected according to Psalm 91. Thank you Father that Steve is protected and the enemy must flee because we have resisted him. Hallelujah! Steve has your peace, wisdom and love. Amen! It is done!
    πŸ™β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

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    • Thank you so much for your prayers! I know God will watch over me and my blog, all for His glory. These awful comments are worse than the email, I have lost 20 regular readers because of them. These things did bother me a lot for awhile, but I have peace about it now. I do hope I don’t lose any more readers though! Have a nice evening and thanks again for all your support here!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒ™

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  9. We are always standing with you Sir Steve.
    Do talk to wordpress team.
    And as it is a serious threat you should complain to cyber crime unit lest your email address should be used in something *bad.
    You have already ignored these threats. Now take some action.

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    • Thank you for praying Ryan. Yes, I reported it to our cyber security unit, they were happy I did. It likely is just a scam but sometimes these things can bring other problems too if a person clicks on something or tries to answer them. People need to be warned sometimes of dangers.
      Thanks again, have a nice evening! God bless!

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  10. I’m sooooooo sorry about this, Steve! This is horrible. 😒 Keep up the good work…I, for one, will stick with you.

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  11. The above email looks like a scam. I am so sorry that you keep getting threatening emails. There is a way to only allow bloggers to post on your blog (that is what I do). It won’t let people post if they don’t have a blog, so it won’t even let my aunt post, but it does keep the spam away. My spam folder is empty. I know you have some commenters who only have email though which could be a drawback if you were to set such restrictions.

    As for inflammatory messages on email, what I would do is block these email senders immediately. I get a ton of spam on my email by default because rebates I get are connected to data/research companies which is annoying. So far I’ve only had one very rude email in which someone called me some colorful names. A blogger no less. I blocked him immediately and haven’t received any more inflammatory messages since.

    Please don’t leave blogging because of the bullies. If you give up, you are letting the bullies win. Keep calling out the naysayers. It puts a spotlight on them. Perhaps you can make a β€œwatch list” series with names of bloggers to avoid. I would totally do this if they are rude WP bloggers and there are enough of them.

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    • Hi Hilary, yes I wouldn’t want to do that with my blog, I want to keep it open for all my readers to comment, otherwise I would probably lose them. The email is likely just a scam, but I reported it anyway, including to our cyber crime unit, they were happy I did, now they can put out a warning about it. Too many people get taken by these scams and lose a lot of money.
      But they can also cause other problems if people try to answer them, by stealing their email or even introducing malware. Some people have nothing better to do it seems. The problem is, it works often enough that they keep at it.
      The abusive comments are the worst, I have now lost 20 regular readers because of them. So sad.
      There have been 5 names with the comments, 2 are in that email (coincidence possibly), 2 had blogs which are now removed. Hopefully nothing more will happen now. I can’t afford to lose any more readers!πŸ™„
      Have a nice evening Hilary!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ί

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      • Remember, if they are truly supportive followers they won’t unfollow you. Losing 20 fickle readers is not nearly as bad as losing 20 genuine, true ones. If they are meant to stay as followers, they will stay! Let the fickle ones go – they ain’t part of your tribe πŸ‘Ž There are plenty of bloggers who are, and lots more bloggers to discover along the way! 🌻

        Anyone who sends me inflammatory messages, whether through email or as comments on WP get blocked. I have blocked people from other blog comments if they were super rude towards me. There’s no need to be rude to one another. I’ve blocked 5-6 people on WP and one WP user who went out of his way to send me an email full of hate. The b-word and f-word were generously used and I have no tolerance for that.

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      • Yes, I agree with you, but still, they were regular readers. And I’m now down to less than 30 regular readers. But hopefully more will come along, just have to wait and see. Based on some advice from present and past readers I will be making a few changes. I don’t want to change too much though or it would change what my blog is about. But other things can be done and still stay within the scope of my blog. And hopefully next year will be a bit more normal so I can get out more which will give me more to write about, and more pics too.
        Yes, I have blocked some people due to their comments. I just wish there was a way to block individuals that don’t have a WP account, without blocking everyone.
        Thanks so much for your comments and support Hilary, much appreciated. Have a great day! How’s things now with your nursing education?

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      • I can name 3 bloggers off the top of my head who left but it wasn’t because they weren’t loyal.

        Do you know what happened to the regular readers that you lost? I notice that people come and go from WP all the time. Often times, life gets in the way.

        My advice is not to listen too much to the naysayers. Who is complaining about your blog? As tempting as it is to be the people pleaser, writing should come from the heart, and trying to conform to other people’s wishes is suffocating. Perhaps if you’re interested in getting into the minds of your readers and really finding out what they want (rather than just from a select few), I would suggest making a poll and having people vote. You’ll be able to cover the majority audience that way and really tailor your blog posts to your readers, and not just the squeaky wheels.

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      • Most of the time I have no idea why people leave. Some say we shouldn’t watch stats so much, but I disagree, stats give valuable info to a blogger. After all, people blog so others will read what they write, otherwise why have a blog? Having people leave is normal and if I lost only 10 regular readers a year, that would be kind of normal too. But when I lose 80 regular readers in a year, then I like to know why, because that is a lot. I do pick up new readers too, but not enough to stop the downward trend. I have lost a lot because people have just stopped blogging, for whatever reason. Others just got bored after a while because they were not really interested in nature or anything outdoors really, they were city people. I used to have more variety before, I think that’s the main problem, but since getting Covid I just haven’t been able to concentrate or think properly to write as much as I used to do. I’m still fighting with that. I want to get back to the way I used to do things, I enjoyed that, but right now it’s just not possible.
        Being a people pleaser is not what I’m after, but I do want to write things that people will enjoy, after all, I’m not writing for myself or I wouldn’t need a blog. I write about what I like and enjoy, but it also needs to be written for those who read what I write. I don’t think I’m explaining it quite right. It’s like books, the author writes for the people who will read that book.
        Oh well, I still have some very faithful readers for which I am very thankful. I’m thankful that you are here and supporting my blog as well. Have a great day Hilary!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•

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    Hello there, Steve. Don’t even think to stop writing and blogging. Scammers everywhere. dear !

    Report this to WordPress .com and keep records. Back up your site.

    I stand by you. All the bloggers are with you. Keep us informed.

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    • Thank you so much Outosego for your continued support here, much appreciated! I have reported everything now and hopefully there won’t be any further problems. Will see what happens after the deadline passes. I will keep everyone informed for sure. Have a nice evening and thanks again!

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      • You’ re welcome, Steve. You are wonderful, your blog, you and Muffin. We all need you around here. Pls, back up your site. Have a good night. See you tomorrow morning !… haha …

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  13. Steve;
    The threat itself is spam, and not to be taken seriously. They obviously are fishing and looking for a response to get information. Keep blocking and of you can send Gmail a report.

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    • I reported it to our cyber security unit, they were happy I did, now they can send out a warning to others who might get this also. Too many people get caught by these scams each year. But one thing that was interesting was the fact the two names in the email were the same as 2 of the names used in the abusive comments I have been receiving, though it could just be a coincidence.
      Thanks so much for your comment Someone, have a nice evening/day!

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    • It seems that some have nothing better to do than figure out ways to ruin someone’s day. I did report it all though so hopefully no further problems will come out. Thanks for your support, have a nice evening!

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  14. I am very sorry to read these things. Anyone who really reads your posts knows that you would never say and never do something that hurts any living thing, be it human, animal or plant. I’m surprised someone might walk away reading malicious comments, especially if they’ve read carefully what you write. It is strange behavior.
    I’m so sorry! Please, please don’t listen to those who want to hurt you and keep writing as you usually do. You can really make people smile as wide as a country sunrise! ❀️☺️😸

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Rossana! Yes, I was surprised to lose so many people, 20 now, due to the comments. But hopefully these comments won’t be showing up anymore. I am going to keep writing, even if I have to leave and come back with a new blog! I hope I won’t have to do that however.
      Thank you so much for your great support Rossana, have a wonderful Wednesday!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜»πŸŒž

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      • I also hope that it is not necessary to open a new blog. With all the care, effort and dedication you put into it every day, it wouldn’t be right.
        I didn’t happen to read those comments because I have little time lately and can barely read the posts. But I’m sure I couldn’t have believed whatever evil was written there. I’m so sorry. I send you a hug… as wide as a country sunrise! ❀️
        Have great day you too, Steve and Muffin ☺️😸

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      • Thank you so much Rossana for another beautiful comment. I do hope that my blog can remain but I do have plans in place so I can come back again if necessary. It is terrible to start over again though.
        I hope your day is a beautiful one!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΈπŸ˜»

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  15. Hard to believe that you are getting malicious comments ! I, for one, will stick with you…it does sound like a scam…will keep you in prayer ! God is able…β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ˜»πŸ€­πŸ€”πŸ˜’πŸ™‚πŸŽ„

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    • Yes, most likely a scam but amazingly connected to these comments by the 2 names in the email. All has been reported so hopefully no more problems, yes, God is able.πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒ™

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  16. Obviously they threaten and are looking to steal from you. Pity about such scam comments. Definitely Cyber crime unit should help you from this crisis.
    Have a great day cheer up. 🌹 Stay blessed Steve. πŸ¦‹πŸ€—

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  17. Most likely a scam! As the others suggested, don’t respond to it and I am glad you reported it. By all means, don’t give up your blog! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ’ͺ

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    • Yes, very true. The one thing that got me was that the 2 names were the same as 2 of the names on those abusive comments I had been receiving, but probably just a coincidence. Definitely not giving up, thank you so much Eugenia! Have a great day!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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  18. Are you kidding me? It seems as a serious spam! Have you tried to check with WordPress? I’ve never heard of such things! People have really nothing to do than to blackmail others?
    Never give up Steve! I don’t believe someone can fall for something like this!
    Put Muffin and Mr Cat in action 😼😻

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    • Thanks Ribana! I gave it over to our cyber security unit and they are looking into it, it’s likely just a scam and nothing to worry about, but they are checking. They were happy I let them know so they can put out a warning about this to others who might get it as well. The odd thing was the two names in the email were the same as 2 of the names that sent me abusive comments. With the help of WP no other comments are getting through to me. It was odd that they got through before, they should have gone to spam.
      I won’t give up, though if something actually happens I will shut my blog down right away, but will come back with a new one. Hopefully that won’t happen however. I think it should be okay now. Have a great evening Ribana!πŸ˜€πŸ˜»πŸ˜»πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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    • I reported them to our cyber security unit, they were very happy that I did. They felt it was just a scam too but they were going to check it out better and put out a warning to others in the area. WP helped in blocking some people, The weird thing is the two names in that email were the same as 2 of the people that had been sending me abusive comments. Likely just a coincidence. All such scams should always be reported, too many people fall for these things and end up losing a lot of money. Have a great weekend Stu!

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