HARD WALLET

Thief leaves flyers on cars asking for donations

Is extortion the solution?That’s the question Marcia Saephan was hit with when she found a flyer on her windshield when parked near University of San Francisco.Watch the video above for more on this storyThe flyer says: “I don’t want to STEAL anymore! But I still have to bills to pay. Can you help me please?”The person goes on to list three modern ways that you can pay them: Cash App, Bitcoin and Paypal.”I was actually a little scared, a little rattled. I didn’t know if they were going to come back to break into my car or anyone else’s car,” said Saephan. Saephan said she noticed multiple cars had the same flyer. She also said that car break-ins around the area happen frequently, especially during the holidays.Even though she decided not to pay, her co-worker — who also got the flyer — did send money. “I felt extorted in some ways,” Saephan said. “Like if I didn’t give them any money are they going to come back?”Cybersecurity expert Etay Maor said this type of crime involving crypto and apps are in some cases hard to trace. “Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency based on a block chain,” explained Maor, who is the Sr. Director Security Strategy from Cato Networks. “So while it’s impossible to know who is behind a specific wallet you can still follow traces and see which transactions reached which wallet.”Paypal confirmed the account is real and said in part: “Any illegal behavior is a direct violation of the Paypal user agreement, and any violations of this nature will result in an account being terminated.”The San Francisco Police Department said this is the first time they have seen this criminal approach, but confirmed San Francisco is experiencing an uptick in auto burglaries. “So the uptick at this point compared to last year which are auto burglaries as well as larceny or thefts that are occurring in any retail establishment of theft out of person are at about 16% higher compared to last year,” said San Francisco Police Department Public Information Officer Rober Rueca.

Is extortion the solution?

That’s the question Marcia Saephan was hit with when she found a flyer on her windshield when parked near University of San Francisco.

Watch the video above for more on this story

The flyer says: “I don’t want to STEAL anymore! But I still have to bills to pay. Can you help me please?”

The person goes on to list three modern ways that you can pay them: Cash App, Bitcoin and Paypal.

“I was actually a little scared, a little rattled. I didn’t know if they were going to come back to break into my car or anyone else’s car,” said Saephan.

Saephan said she noticed multiple cars had the same flyer. She also said that car break-ins around the area happen frequently, especially during the holidays.

Even though she decided not to pay, her co-worker — who also got the flyer — did send money.

“I felt extorted in some ways,” Saephan said. “Like if I didn’t give them any money are they going to come back?”

Cybersecurity expert Etay Maor said this type of crime involving crypto and apps are in some cases hard to trace.

“Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency based on a block chain,” explained Maor, who is the Sr. Director Security Strategy from Cato Networks. “So while it’s impossible to know who is behind a specific wallet you can still follow traces and see which transactions reached which wallet.”

Paypal confirmed the account is real and said in part: “Any illegal behavior is a direct violation of the Paypal user agreement, and any violations of this nature will result in an account being terminated.”

The San Francisco Police Department said this is the first time they have seen this criminal approach, but confirmed San Francisco is experiencing an uptick in auto burglaries.

“So the uptick at this point compared to last year which are auto burglaries as well as larceny or thefts that are occurring in any retail establishment of theft out of person are at about 16% higher compared to last year,” said San Francisco Police Department Public Information Officer Rober Rueca.

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