Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, December 20, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, December 20, 2018
Blue Hill, Stonington businesses targeted in global bomb threat hoax
by Anne Berleant
Authorities are calling emails sent to businesses, universities, media outlets and courthouses across four countries a hoax, including one sent to a business in Blue Hill and one to a business in Stonington on Thursday, December 13.
In the emails, the sender claims to have had an accomplice plant a bomb in the business and demands online payment in Bitcoins to stop the bomb from being detonated.
Three businesses in Hancock County received the email threat, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and were searched by sheriff’s deputies. The cases are under investigation and, as active criminal investigations, the identities of the businesses victimized were not released.
Dozens of the threatening emails were sent throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, putting local law enforcement agencies on alert.
The Portland Police tweeted: “There have been multiple attempts to scam Portland area businesses today through an email bomb threat. Don’t fall for this scam. Don’t respond to the email. Call the police.”