Today's "Head's Up" - Extortion Plots Rarely Work


"Don't Mess With The Crawford"

Hey kids! Today we've got an important life lesson - if you gots yourself some dirt on someone - think twice - wait - three times before you decide to plan an extortion plot you think is failsafe.

Just ask David Letterman, John Travolta, or in this case, Cindy Crawford.
As just about everyone is reporting (but in this case, the Chicago Tribune,)

Cindy and her husband, Randy Gerber were victims of a $110K extortion plot involving a pic taken by their former nanny.

Needless to say, this is ending badly for the con-folk.

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