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Billion Dollar Girl -Tamara Ecclestone receives Blackmail threat after TV Reality Show

London’s Metropolitan Police detectives are said to have carried out a formal inquiry to discover the facts surrounding an alleged bid to blackmail the eldest daughter of Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone.

Tamara Ecclestone model and no stranger to the spotlight had recently stared in the Channel 5 reality show ‘Billion Dollar Girl’.  The series documented her elaborate lifestyle as well as her collection of designer shoes and handbags potentially opening the door to criminals.

Crime is on the increase as the world’s financial crisis starts to bite and many criminals choose to attack key individuals at their homes or whilst conducting their daily routine.

Miss Ecclestone’s 55-room home in Kensington, West London is reported to be worth in the region of £45 million.  Her father is estimated to be worth around £2.5 billion, which makes him Britain’s fourth richest man.

Miss Ecclestone contacted police after receiving a letter that allegedly threatened to release personal information about her.  Reports claim that the blackmailer threatened to reveal details of a relationship between her and an unidentified male unless she paid a sum of money.

Although the amount of money demanded has not been revealed, it’s alleged to be at least six figures.

Tamara’s father Bernie was brutally mugged outside his F1 Knightsbridge offices last year by a group of thugs making off with his watch and jewelry.

Threats to high profile individuals and their families have prompted the employment of close protection operatives or bodyguards.  CPOs have all the skills necessary to create and maintain an environment for clients that is, free from threat, harassment or embarrassment allowing them to conduct their daily routine in a safe manner.

This poses the question; do celebrity reality TV shows expose and target the stars to potential blackmailers, stalkers or criminals in the future?