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Recent Bomb Threat Emails asking for Money are a New Type of Phishing Scam, as per the Experts

All of U.S. including Michigan has been hit by the hoax bomb threats calls through emails, and the law enforcement agencies are on their toes to take control of the situation. The emails started pouring in from the afternoon of December 13, 2018. Several individuals and businesses have received emails that if they do not pay a ransom amount of $20,000 in the form of Bitcoin, then associate of the email sender will set off the bomb on the email receiver's building.

A few emails have been received with a subject line saying: "Think Twice". Spoofed email address has been used to send these emails. The sender of the emails claims that a small bomb has been planted by their associate in the email recipient's building, and if the ransom in the form of Bitcoin is not paid to the sender of the email, then their associate will set off the bomb. The emails also highlighted that the cyber criminals now-a-days are mostly interested in getting the ransom in the form of Bitcoin, as they can be used all over the world cheaply.

The hoax bomb threats calls through emails have led to many evacuations and building sweeps, as they have been sent to businesses, courthouses and schools throughout the country. Experts say that the threat emails' which has caused chaos all over the country is an old phishing scam type, which has been given a new twist with a bomb hoax.

Michigan has been severely hit by this hoax bomb threats calls through emails, so the Michigan people receiving these bomb threats email have been asked to email the message as an attachment to mc3@michigan.gov. Grand Rapids police of Michigan has already warned the people not to get fooled by this bomb threat emails and asked them to never pay the ransom.

Grand Rapids police posted on 'Twitter' at around 1:28 a.m. on December 14, 2018, that "SCAM ALERT: There is a rampant hoax email being distributed across the country of a bomb threat making demands for money. Emails began locally around 1 pm. We do NOT believe these emails have any validity and direct you to delete email. Do NOT send money".

As per the Sheriff's office of Kalamazoo County, the phishing scam seems like a nationwide scam, which is largely targeting the schools and businesses. The FBI and ATF are investigating further on the case.

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