Numerous evacuations have taken place across the United States on December 13th after scammers sent bomb threat emails demanding bitcoin payment to a number of businesses, companies, schools, and other entities, according to reports.
No Evidence of Explosives Yet
As of press time, authorities indicated there is not any evidence so far of any explosives detonating or actually being placed. However, police are asking people to remain vigilant as they work through the threats.
It is not yet clear how far the email threat has spread, but law enforcement in numerous jurisdictions across the country have released statements on social media and other outlets about the situation.
The Federal Bureau Of Investigation said it is aware of the threats and remains in contact with law enforcement across the country.
Speculation is the messages are robo-emails that were sent out in a group. The New York Police Department indicated on Twitter how it looks like they were sent to “cause disruption and/or obtain money."
Bomb Threats Asking For $20,000 In Bitcoin
A number of people on Twitter posted screenshots of the threatening email sent by the bitcoin scammers.
The email is printed in an article by Heavy.com.
It begins declaring that “my mercenary” has placed a bomb in “the building where your business is conducted” that would wound many people upon detonation.
In order to “call off my man,” a payment of $20,000 in bitcoin must be made to an address listed in the message. The scammer says the guarantee to not detonate “will become valid only after 3 confirmations in blockchain.”
Different Versions Of The Messages
According to The Verge, there seem to be multiple versions of the email, some of which list a different type of explosive material.
The actual bitcoin wallet also looks to vary across messages. The Verge also wrote that it was able to confirm at least three wallets. It is not yet clear if anyone has actually paid the ransom.