Woodbury, MN (Learfield News Service) - No daycare operators in Woodbury fell victim to an extortion attempt when letters appeared in their mailboxes earlier this month threatening them.

The letter writer said false claims of child abuse would be made unless they paid $2,500. The owner of Morning Star Daycare says she doesn't know if the person behind the extortion is a madman or just some crazy teen. Twenty-seven daycare operators in the city received the threatening messages, which claimed to be from a customer, saying their daughter had been sexually abused. The scammer wanted payment through Bitcoin, an online money exchange.