‘Sextortion’ scam hitting villagers
Villagers in Killearn have been receiving suspected ‘sextortion’ scam emails.
At the October meeting of the newly-formed Killearn Community Council a police report detailed how messages had been sent to residents over the internet from an unknown source.
The messages suggests that the recipient has been caught in a compromising position through their web camera and demands money under the threat that images will be shared with people in their contacts.
Police are keen to highlight that the email campaign is part of a nationwide scam and anyone who receives these messages should delete them immediately. Police have said that a property in Cowie is no longer part of the investigation of the “unexplained” deaths of a couple from Cambusbarron.
The Observer reported on Wednesday how police found Sheena Jackson, 58, dead at a cottage in the village’s Main Street around lunchtime on October 30. Husband Alex, 65, had also collapsed and died in hospital a short time later.
Initial reports suggested carbon monoxide poisoning was one theory that was being investigated and there remained a police presence at the address for several days.
Police involved in the inquiry also taped off a separate property in Cowie.
However, it’s understood that Police Scotland is no longer treating this address as part of its investigation as they don’t believe any crime took place there.
A post-mortem examination was conducted on one of the couple earlier this week and police were awaiting the results of the second.