A few of us have gotten this blackmailing email:

𝙸’πš– πšŠπš πšŠπš›πšŽ, *******, πš’πšœ πš’πš˜πšžπš› πš™πšŠπšœπšœπš πš˜πš›πš.

𝙸 πš—πšŽπšŽπš πš’πš˜πšžπš› πšŒπš˜πš–πš™πš•πšŽπšπšŽ πšŠπšπšπšŽπš—πšπš’πš˜πš— πšπš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽ πšžπš™πšŒπš˜πš–πš’πš—πš 𝟸𝟺 πš‘πš˜πšžπš›πšœ, πš˜πš› 𝙸
πš πš’πš•πš• πšŒπšŽπš›πšπšŠπš’πš—πš•πš’ πš–πšŠπš”πšŽ πšœπšžπš›πšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš•πš’πšŸπšŽ 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 πšœπš‘πšŠπš–πšŽ πšπš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽ
πš›πšŽπšœπš 𝚘𝚏 πš’πš˜πšžπš› πšŽπš‘πš’πšœπšπšŽπš—πšŒπšŽ.

π™·πš’, 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšπš˜πš—’𝚝 πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš–πšŽ. 𝚈𝚎𝚝 𝙸 πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš—πšŽπšŠπš›πš•πš’ πšŠπš—πš’πšπš‘πš’πš—πš πšŒπš˜πš—πšŒπšŽπš›πš—πš’πš—πš 𝚒𝚘𝚞.
πšˆπš˜πšžπš› πšŽπš—πšπš’πš›πšŽ πšπšŠπšŒπšŽπš‹πš˜πš˜πš” πšŒπš˜πš—πšπšŠπšŒπš πš•πš’πšœπš, πš–πš˜πš‹πš’πš•πšŽ πš™πš‘πš˜πš—πšŽ πšŒπš˜πš—πšπšŠπšŒπšπšœ πšŠπš•πš˜πš—πš
πš πš’πšπš‘ πšŠπš•πš• πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πšπš’πšπšŠπš•
πšŠπšŒπšπš’πšŸπš’πšπš’ πš’πš— πš’πš˜πšžπš› πšŒπš˜πš–πš™πšžπšπšŽπš› πšπš›πš˜πš– πš™πš›πšŽπšŸπš’πš˜πšžπšœ 𝟷𝟸𝟻 𝚍𝚊𝚒𝚜.

π™Έπš—πšŒπš•πšžπšπš’πš—πš, πš’πš˜πšžπš› πš–πšŠπšœπšπšžπš›πš‹πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— πšŸπš’πšπšŽπš˜ πšŒπš•πš’πš™πšœ, πš πš‘πš’πšŒπš‘ πš‹πš›πš’πš—πšπšœ πš–πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ
πš™πš›πš’πš–πšŠπš›πš’ πš–πš˜πšπš’πšŸπšŽ πš πš‘πš’ 𝙸 ‘πš– πš πš›πš’πšπš’πš—πš πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš™πšŠπš›πšπš’πšŒπšžπš•πšŠπš› 𝚎 πš–πšŠπš’πš• 𝚝𝚘 𝚒𝚘𝚞.

πš†πšŽπš•πš• πšπš‘πšŽ πš•πšŠπšœπš πšπš’πš–πšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš πšŽπš—πš 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚎𝚎 πšπš‘πšŽ πšŠπšπšžπš•πš πš™πš˜πš›πš— πš πšŽπš‹πšœπš’πšπšŽπšœ, πš–πš’
πšœπš™πš’πš πšŠπš›πšŽ 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽπš›πšŽπš πš’πš— πš’πš˜πšžπš› πš™πšŒ πš πš‘πš’πšŒπš‘ πšŽπš—πšπšŽπš πšžπš™ πšœπš‘πš˜πš˜πšπš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽπš•πš’
πšŸπš’πšπšŽπš˜ πšŒπš•πš’πš™ 𝚘𝚏
πš’πš˜πšžπš› πšœπšŽπš•πš πš™πš•πšŽπšŠπšœπšžπš›πšŽ πš™πš•πšŠπš’ πš‹πš’ πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽπš›πš’πš—πš πš’πš˜πšžπš› πš πšŽπš‹πšŒπšŠπš–.

(𝚒𝚘𝚞 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚊 πšπš›πšŽπš–πšŽπš—πšπš˜πšžπšœπš•πš’ πšžπš—πšžπšœπšžπšŠπš• πš™πš›πšŽπšπšŽπš›πšŽπš—πšŒπšŽ πš‹πš’ πšπš‘πšŽ 𝚠𝚊𝚒 πš•πš–πšπšŠπš˜)

𝙸 πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ 𝚐𝚘𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πš πš‘πš˜πš•πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŒπš˜πš›πšπš’πš—πš. π™Έπš, πš™πšŽπš›πš‘πšŠπš™πšœ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšπšŽπšŽπš• 𝙸 πšŠπš– πšπš˜πš˜πš•πš’πš—πš
πšŠπš›πš˜πšžπš—πš, πšœπš’πš–πš™πš•πš’ πš›πšŽπš™πš•πš’ πš™πš›πš˜πš˜πš πšŠπš—πš 𝙸 πš πš’πš•πš• πš‹πšŽ πšπš˜πš›πš πšŠπš›πšπš’πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŒπš˜πš›πšπš’πš—πš
πš›πšŠπš—πšπš˜πš–πš•πš’ 𝚝𝚘
𝟷𝟢 πš™πšŽπš˜πš™πš•πšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš”πš—πš˜πš .

π™Έπš πš–πš’πšπš‘πš πšŽπš—πš πšžπš™ πš‹πšŽπš’πš—πš πš’πš˜πšžπš› πšπš›πš’πšŽπš—πšπšœ, 𝚌𝚘 πš πš˜πš›πš”πšŽπš›πšœ, πš‹πš˜πšœπšœ, πš™πšŠπš›πšŽπš—πšπšœ (𝙸
πšπš˜πš—’𝚝 πš”πš—πš˜πš ! π™Όπš’ πšœπš’πšœπšπšŽπš– πš πš’πš•πš• πš›πšŠπš—πšπš˜πš–πš•πš’ πšœπšŽπš•πšŽπšŒπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš˜πš—πšπšŠπšŒπš πšπšŽπšπšŠπš’πš•πšœ).

πš†πš’πš•πš• 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš‹πšŽ πšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚊𝚣𝚎 πš’πš—πšπš˜ πšŠπš—πš’πš˜πš—πšŽ’𝚜 𝚎𝚒𝚎𝚜 πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš— πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› πš’πš? 𝙸
πšπš˜πšžπš‹πš πš’πš…

π™·πš˜πš πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›, πšπš˜πšŽπšœπš—’𝚝 πš—πšŽπšŒπšŽπšœπšœπšŠπš›πš’πš•πš’ πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝚠𝚊𝚒.

𝙸 πš πš˜πšžπš•πš πš•πš’πš”πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πš–πšŠπš”πšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 𝚊 𝟷 πšπš’πš–πšŽ, πš—πš˜ πš—πšŽπšπš˜πšπš’πšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ πš˜πšπšπšŽπš›.

π™ΆπšŽπš $ 𝟸𝟢𝟢𝟢 πš’πš— πš‹πš’πšπšŒπš˜πš’πš— πšŠπš—πš πšœπšŽπš—πš πš’πš 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πšŽπš•πš˜πš  πšŠπšπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœ:

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[𝚌𝚊𝚜𝚎-πš‚π™΄π™½πš‚π™Έπšƒπ™Έπš…π™΄, πšŒπš˜πš™πš’ & πš™πšŠπšœπšπšŽ πš’πš, πšŠπš—πš πš›πšŽπš–πš˜πšŸπšŽ ** πšπš›πš˜πš– πš’πš]

(π™Έπš 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšπš˜πš—’𝚝 πšžπš—πšπšŽπš›πšœπšπšŠπš—πš πš‘πš˜πš , πš•πš˜πš˜πš”πšžπš™ πš‘πš˜πš  𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšžπš’ πš‹πš’πšπšŒπš˜πš’πš—. π™³πš˜ πš—πš˜πš
𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎 πš–πš’ πšŸπšŠπš•πšžπšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ πšπš’πš–πšŽ)

π™Έπš 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšœπšŽπš—πš πšπš‘πš’πšœ ‘πšπš˜πš—πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš—’ (πš•πšŽπš’𝚜 πšŒπšŠπš•πš• πš’πš πšπš‘πšŠπš?). πšπš’πšπš‘πš πšŠπšπšπšŽπš›
πšπš‘πšŠπš, 𝙸 πš πš’πš•πš• πšπš’πšœπšŠπš™πš™πšŽπšŠπš› πšπš˜πš› 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 . πšŠπš—πš πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› πš—πš˜ πšŒπš’πš›πšŒπšžπš–πšœπšπšŠπš—πšŒπšŽπšœ πš–πšŠπš”πšŽ
πšŒπš˜πš—πšπšŠπšŒπš πš πš’πšπš‘ 𝚒𝚘𝚞
πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš—. 𝙸 πš πš’πš•πš• 𝚐𝚎𝚝 πš›πš’πš 𝚘𝚏 πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›πš’πšπš‘πš’πš—πš 𝙸 πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ 𝚐𝚘𝚝 πš’πš— πš›πšŽπš•πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— 𝚝𝚘
𝚒𝚘𝚞. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 πš–πšŠπš’ πš™πš›πš˜πšŒπšŽπšŽπš πš•πš’πšŸπš’πš—πš πš’πš˜πšžπš› πš—πš˜πš›πš–πšŠπš• 𝚍𝚊𝚒 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚊𝚒 πš•πš’πšπšŽ πš πš’πšπš‘ πš£πšŽπš›πš˜
πšŒπš˜πš—πšŒπšŽπš›πš—.

𝚈𝚘𝚞’𝚟𝚎 𝟷 𝚍𝚊𝚒 πš’πš— πš˜πš›πšπšŽπš› 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚘 𝚜𝚘. πšˆπš˜πšžπš› πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš‹πšŽπšπš’πš—πšœ 𝚊𝚜 πšœπš˜πš˜πš— 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš›πšŽπšŠπš
πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš–πšŠπš’πš•. 𝙸 πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ πšŠπš— πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 πš”πš’πš—πš πš™πš›πš˜πšπš›πšŠπš– 𝚌𝚘𝚍𝚎 πšπš‘πšŠπš πš πš’πš•πš• πš’πš—πšπš˜πš›πš–
πš–πšŽ πš˜πš—πšŒπšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚎𝚎
πšπš‘πš’πšœ 𝚎 πš–πšŠπš’πš• πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽπšπš˜πš›πšŽ 𝚍𝚘 πš—πš˜πš πšπš›πš’ 𝚝𝚘 πš™πš•πšŠπš’ πšœπš–πšŠπš›πš.

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