Hmm, I see.
Well this sounds like she is a scammer, and likely had done this before.
What she is doing is called extortion
, or more commonly known as "blackmail."
In North Carolina, extortion is illegal
under North Carolina General Statutes § 14-457
"Any person who verbally or by a written or printed communication, maliciously threatens to [damage one's software and/or hardware] with the intent to extort money or any pecuniary advantage, or with the intent to compel any person to do or refrain from doing any act against his will, is guilty of a Class H felony."
What someone in your situation may wish to do is twofold:
1) Simply tell her
that you will go to the police if she continues to do this, and will file a complaint. Before you do so, it may be prudent to collect texts/emails from her threatening to spread this rumor, or, record her making such a thread (it is legal to record her if you are party to the conversation - N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 15A-286; North Carolina v. Price, 611 S.E.2d 891 (N.C. Ct. App. 2005)
). A lot of times, then she will simply drop the matter, as she will know that you have real leverage and may file a complaint;
2) If you do not wish to confront her and have proof of her extortion (email, letter, text, recording), then go to the police and make a formal criminal complaint
and she may be charged with a crime.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.
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