Spooked residents at a Sydney unit block have called in police after each received letters threatening them with a violent death unless they relented to demands and handed over thousands of dollars.
The blackmail attempt emerged at a small complex in the Western Sydney suburb of Silverwater where locals were sent chilling, individually addressed notes.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Mystery surrounds terrifying blackmail attempt on residents in unit block.
Watch the latest news and stream for free on 7plus >>
“You are all in danger,” they were warned.
“We will not harm you or your family if you are willing to give us $20,000 in cash.
“We will come maybe in a few days and kill all of you quietly by slaughtering, cutting your throat.”
Police investigating one big factor in fatal Victorian pub crash
Four bodies found in search for missing teens on camping trip
One homeowner said the letters came “out of the blue” and the demands and threats were “really, really random”.
The letters claim the extortion is the work of “good hackers” who carry out assassinations for money.
Police have been called and are now gathering statements from residents.
The letters have also been collected.
“It’s a sick thing to do to people in a block of flats,” criminal lawyer Sam Macedone said.
Residents of a Silverwater unit block have become the victims of a chilling extortion plot. Credit: 7NEWS
Macedone said the threat to each person could lead to five individual charges.
“The end result would more than likely be jail,” he said.
Authorities are yet to dig up any promising leads but residents say they have a couple of ideas.
They think it is probably the work of a child or someone with the mental capacity of one, considering the poor grammar, the structure of the letter, and the $20,000 ransom.
“Everybody’s got things to do so this is really stupid. Use your time constructively,” one resident told 7NEWS.
Man suffers burns after gas main bursts into flames
Tragic end in search for Sydney grandfather
If you’d like to view this content, please adjust your Cookie Settings.