New Bomb Threat Email Scam Campaign Demanding $20K in Bitcoin

DC-area police investigate threats believed to be part of nationwide hoax

Just before 11 a.m., JCC executive director Marci Glazer received a call from the police, informing her of the bomb threat and the need to get people out of the building.

Police say the email was a person threatening to detonate a bomb if ransom is not paid in the form of Bitcoin.

Investigators tell us the bomb threat emails are demanding Bitcoin payments - and pledge to follow through on the threats if the demands aren't met.

Numerous bomb threats have been emailed or called in to businesses in South Florida and other major USA cities on Thursday. As RCMP worked to determine the origin and validity of the threats, they recommended recipients do not respond.

Police in Edmonton issued a similar statement, saying they had received several reports of bomb threats emailed to local businesses.

Threats prompted brief evacuations of a Toronto subway station and a newspaper office.

"If you receive the email, we encourage you to contact New Zealand Police on 111".

Some places affected in the USA received emails with the subject line "Think Twice" and a demand of $20,000 in Bitcoin in order to call off the threat.

Across the country, some schools closed early and others were evacuated or placed on lockdown because of the hoax.

The FBI has also stated that they are aware of bomb threats made across the United States. But authorities across the US have yet to find any explosive device related to threats yet. People in the center self-evacuated so quickly that some had to jump out of the swimming pool and spend the better part of two hours waiting nearby in bathrobes.

Threats were also called into the Marines Memorial Club and Hotel building on Sutter Street and upwards of 20 other locations, mostly concentrated downtown in the Financial District and in Fisherman's Wharf.

As noted by The Verge, a number of police departments are alerting the public to a particularly treacherous scam that has targeted users all across the US.

There are reports of these emails being received throughout the U.S.A and contain subject lines similar to "My device is inside your building", "No need to be heroic", or "Rescue service will complicate the situation".

Other law enforcement agencies also dismissed the threats, which reported were written in a choppy style reminiscent of the Nigerian prince email scam. "Police say this does not appear to be a legitimate threat, however, an investigation is ongoing".

There have been no detonations, and authorities have said the threats do not appear to be credible.

"My man hid an explosive device (Hexogen) in the building where your business is conducted", the email said.

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